First time I heard about AIDS was when news broke that Rock Hudson died of it. It was somewhere in 1985. As a young girl I wondered how bad this disease could be for humans. In early 90’es AIDS took another well-known victims: Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury and Russian ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev
Nowadays the life expectancy of those who have the AIDS virus is averagely higher than in the 80’es. Unfortunately AIDS has become epidemic. The following facts might help to illustrate how bad this disease is:
- Worldwide there are 34 million people infected with HIV virus.
- Every 17,5 second someone dies of AIDS.
- Every 12 second someone gets infected.
- There are 16,6 million AIDS orphans due to the death of their parents because of AIDS.
The list of the facts provided by Stop Aids Now is long. However the awareness to prevent getting infected at developing countries is very poor. A combination of taboo talking about sex, misconception that only gays get infected and low use of condom doesn’t help the spreading of this epidemic. If you are interested in detailed demographic information, visit UNAIDS. It is an United Nation organ which provides the latest data about AIDS as epidemiology per regions or countries worldwide.
The World AIDS Day was first introduced in 1988. 23 years later on today, this is a day to take note about this epidemic in world’s modern history.
AIDS in music
I close this short post with Bruce Springsteen’s song, Philadelphia. A theme song of an oscar winning movie about an AIDS patient portrayed by Tom Hanks. This beautiful song embodies the storyline of the movie: dark and desperate.
Stop AIDS Now!