With the arrival of World Aids Day in 2010, there is some good news and a renewed sense of hope on the horizon. The 2010 Global Update by UNAIDS shows that in 2009 the pace of new infections has declined by almost 20% compared to 1999. Unfortunately, new infections still outpace treatment success by two to one. There remains much to be accomplished in BOTH access to treatment and the promotion of preventive measures.
For official information from the World Aids Campaign and for a nice interview on World Aids Day from NPR, follow the hyperlinks.
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine will be having a World Aids Day event on December 1st, 2010. Although I will not be formally participating this year, my thoughts and perspectives from last year’s speech are largely the same.