A Forgotten Epidemic? AIDS discussed at Rimini Meeting

August 28, 2012. Patricia Cinderella is from Uganda. She was born a healthy baby girl, despite the fact that her mother suffered from AIDS. In Uganda,  every year 1.8 million people become infected, but thanks to a new program promoted by AVSI,  through education and medication, in the past ten years, roughly 4,000 healthy children have been born from mothers infected with the virus. 

 

The fact that tens of millions of people are affected from this disease, was also discussed during the Rimini Meeting, under the theme “A Forgotten Epidemic.” Experts came together to talk about strategies and treatments. Also there were representatives from the United Nations.

 

Paul De Lay

“We have done studies in different countries, which show that when treatments are combined with a strong community and family unit, people respond better to therapy and have a higher tolerance for medication.”

 

So in fact, the actual numbers show that it's not just about clinical treatment, it's the whole person itself who must be treated. Because of mass improvements, recently, some argue that AIDS is no longer a priority. But Carlo Perlo says the disease will not end until the hearts of men change first.

 

Carlo Perno

“We must completely cure the heart of mankind. AIDS is an illness that is connected to the behavior of people, so it makes sense that along with medication, people themselves should also be treated. If not, there will be no success.”

 
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