Archive for the 'AIDS/HIV' Category

14
Dec
11

Whats next

The AIDS/Malaria problem is far from finished and as we know it will take many years, longer than our lifetimes, to completely put an end to these problems

In the 2000 summit, the U.N defined this goal by saying that their goal was to reverse the spread of these diseases by 2015. As this goal is simply unachievable we must instead look at improving the goal at  summit that the U.N will be holding in 2015 so that it may be solved by 2030. The U.N. must now look at re-evaluating and re-assessing these goals so that they may be achievable in the future.

However this in not the end of the problem. The MDG clearly said “to combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. Other diseases include things like Tuberculosis, Typhoid and pretty much every cancer known to man. These diseases continue to affect people everyday in both developing and developed countries. They will be problems to solve in the future and will pose challenges to be met for many years to come.

References:

www.un.org

and myself 🙂

14
Dec
11

AIDS, a Culmination

At the beginning of this blog I summarized why i believed that this MDG#6 was the most important of all the MDG’s. I believed that it was the most important because AIDS was a world pandemic and that it was a major problem that the world needed to take on to be solved.

Throughout each topic that i decided to post I had a single unifying goal in mind. To inform. My purpose, as I see it, was to inform whoever sees this blog about AIDS and the problems and hardships that it causes worldwide. I believe that i have achieved my purpose because i believe that everyone who has read this blog has learned something and took away something of value that can put toward the future.

In this blog so far i have covered the topics (on AIDS) of:

– How it works

– What it does

– How it affects the world

– How it affects one country in general

– People who are fighting for a change

– Corporations that are looking towards change

– How we as individuals can make a difference in the world

– How technology helps us in our struggle to find a cure

– And how AIDS will look in the future

Personally I believe that i have learned a lot myself about this MDG that i never knew before and i believe that my opinions of the MDG and its importance have only grown stronger since the start of this blog. In relation to my science knowledge i believe that i have grown much in my general attitude towards AIDS and in my general know how of the subject. Finally I believe that there is:

 

14
Dec
11

AIDS in the Future

AIDS has been an going problem in the world for years and is still a problem to this very day. However this may not be the case for the future.

Science is advancing everyday and everyday new barriers are broken and new paths are found on the road to discovering the ultimate cure for AIDS. So far our scientists have succeeded in slowing down the progress of this disease, who’s to say that it won’t be cured. The prospect of AIDS is improving, albeit slowly AIDS is beginning to slow down and the disease is beginning to become less and less mysterious to researchers around the globe. We have begun to anticipate different behaviours of the disease and have begun to able to preliminarily predict what it will do next.

Despite all these positives though there is still almost no chance of the disease reversing completely all around the globe by 2015. This is partially due to the fact that AIDS is a very adaptable and unpredictable disease, it can literally vary in behaviour from one person to the next, it has been called the slipperiest of diseases on more than one occasion for a reason. In fact although the progress is positive it may not even be in our lifetimes that we discover the cure to AIDS and even longer still before we eradicate it completely, if ever. AIDS may be a problem that may not be solved for even another few centuries. Many scientists believe that future of AIDS cures may be extremely bleak and that in fact in may be an incurable disease. See here.

I for one do not believe in an incurable disease. Being an optimist i can’t imagine that humanity, with all its resources, potential and people cannot find a cure to the disease. I believe that a cure will be found, whether tomorrow or in a few centuries.

AIDS is a disease that is taken very seriously in the world and many speculate what the future will bring for it, but truly only time can tell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/58431/nicholas-eberstadt/the-future-of-aids

http://www.ftpress.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1663688

14
Dec
11

AIDS and Me

AIDS is a challenge that can be taken up by any person at any time, it is a burden to all people and every single person has the ability to help the U.N in their goal to fight it.

As a student in Science 10 we can make links to this U.N MDG within our curriculum and also in our everyday lives. Within our biology unit is the basic but key factors to understanding how AIDS works and how AIDS can spread.

In our biology unit we learned about the structure of different cells and biological systems. Through this unit in the same way we can understand the physical characteristics of HIV by the way the virus behaves and they way it attacks the body. We can learn the properties of the virus and can even learn of how it lodges on to body cells and affects them thereon.

In the everyday we can take up the mantle for MDG#6 by spreading awareness of the HIV/AIDS problem, just like this blog and many others out on the internet. We can also support causes around the world and vocalize global AIDS issues on behalf of those who cannot.

 

 

References:

none used.

14
Dec
11

Technology to Fight AIDS

Without the help of modern day science and technology we would be for the most part completely vulnerable to AIDS. Even with the technology that is available to us today we have only come far enough to suppress the disease and prevent others from getting in the first place. We have not as of yet been able to cure someone with AIDS of the problem.

Technology is still advancing everyday though, soon a vaccine for AIDS may be a reality and we may be able to cure the disease once and for all. Of course, this may still be very far off.

There are wide range of technologies in use today to try and rid the world of the AIDS problem and not all of them involve extreme planning, complicated scientific process or even major funding. In fact some of the most successful campaigns to fight against AIDS start with the technologies we have right around our homes. The best way to solve the problem of AIDS is to prevent AIDS in the first place and the best way to prevent AIDS is to bring awareness to AIDS. Many individuals have created web pages, groups, clubs and blogs to bring awareness to the AIDS problem. In this way the technology that we have at home can be some of our greatest tools for fighting AIDS. Social media and even cellular devices have become a tool of technology used to fight AIDS, click here for more info.

A look at the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness

Of Course in the field of AIDS, simple technologies alone will not be enough to fight the disease, we must also look toward building newer technology to meet new breakthroughs and success in the AIDS department.

Some new technologies being Used include: 

1. Microbicides  – A technology that is directly used to prevent HIV infection by putting up actual chemical barriers to the virus.

2. AIDS vaccine – The most obvious choice to cure AIDS, although it is far from the easiest solution. Unlike a regular vaccination an AIDS vaccine would require a complete chemical reverse engineer of the virus.

3. Neutralizing Anti bodies – involves extracting AIDS specific antibodies only present in a few people, storing them and analyzing them in order to make a chemical vaccine with the same properties.

Technology is a useful and sometimes simple tool that we can all use in order to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS.

References:

All in links

12
Dec
11

Dr. John Zaia

Dr. John Zaia, a virologist who works with the City of Hope cancer centre is a leading scientists looking in to new and innovative ways to cure the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Zaia is a leader in both research and in running clinical trials for gene therapy in the HIV/AIDS field. Zaia tests in a variety of fields for potential treatments and cures for the HIV/AIDS disease. Many of his projects and potential cures go back to Stem cell research, which he believes is the key to curing the disease. Zaia’s research includes using stem cells that are grown into blood cells that ultimately are impervious to HIV (this is plausible as this is a naturally occurring phenomenon in some people), these cells are then matched with a patients and then are used to replace infected cells.

Zaia is literally at the front of all HIV/AIDS research and is well recognized by the HIV/AIDS scientific community. Many of his colleagues work in similar institutions overseas and work with him on joint projects on the HIV/AIDS area. Zaia’s newest project which involves extracting stem cells and re implanting them with the RNA’s necessary to fight off the HIV disease is in the process of development and under clinical trial.

A look at how stem cells work

References: 

http://www.cityofhope.org/about/publications/hope-news/2009-vol-4-num-2-january-19/Pages/john-zaia-honored-as-the-first-endowed-chair-in-gene-therapy.aspx

11
Dec
11

USAID (United States Agency for International Development)

USAID is a governmental organizations founded in 1961 by then U.S president John F. Kennedy in order to ” be primarily responsible for administering foreign aid”. The goal that it was created under was to “extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country.*”

In 1986 the USAID founded its health department and began the HIV/AIDS project. Since the programs inception the USAID has been the largest contributing member to solving the AIDS problem across the planet. It has been on the front lines of fighting AIDS and makes invaluable contributions each year towards solving the crisis.

Since 1986 USAID HIV/AIDS division has put forward over $7 billion in order to fight AIDS around the planet. It has also allied itself with U.S Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) thus creating the most intuitive, well funded and most diverse AIDS relief program in the world.

USAID receives much of its funding from the U.S government, last year receiving close to $7 billion in order to fight the disease. $3.6 billion of this goes directly to various AIDS programs around the planet, with 2 billion of the total budget aimed solely at Africa. USAID support over 50 different countries with this funding in varying amounts depending on the AIDS threat in that region.

USAID is a driving force behind the Fight Against AIDS and I believe that It is an organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of many people.

References: 

http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_health/aids/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Agency_for_International_Development

http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_health/aids/Funding/index.html

*cited from outside source