One Global health issue that affects the International Health community is HIV and Aids. Globally HIV has affected the lives of more than 39 million people according to the World Health Organization in the year of 2013. The amount of newly infected people with HIV in 2013 was 1.9-2.4 million people. The most affected region was Sub-Saharan Africa with 24.7 million people living with HIV in the year 2013 accounting for approximately 70% of the global total. In the United States there has been an estimate of 47,352 people newly diagnosed with HIV and 26,668 with AIDS this same year.
A study done in 2011 estimated that 49,081 persons in the United States were diagnosed with HIV alone and 1 in 6 of these people don’t even know that they are infected. In California itself is has been estimated that 5,965 persons composed of adolescents and adults were diagnosed with HIV which makes California the highest of the 50 states in 2011.
Unfortunately HIV and Aids both do not have cures at this time. Even with the advanced technology of today. Health care delivery systems can work collaboratively to address this global concern by providing education, continuing research, and providing support and care to families whom are affected by the Virus. Globally setting up free testing sites or even nurses and health care professionals going out in communities to perform free testing for people. It is a serious disease but people are actually living longer when treated with medications to halt progression of the disease. Some people may even be ashamed to come to local clinics to be tested or many people lack medical coverage all together. Reaching out to people with education and health promotion clinics will hopefully help in decreasing this growing disease affecting our countries.
Gayle, H., & Hill, G. (n.d.). Global Impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS. Retrieved June 24, 2015, from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC88977/...