Treating the world’s most intimidating threats
HIV / AIDS
The HIV/AIDS epidemic constitutes a global crisis that has far-reaching consequences in all areas of life: social, economic, legal and medical.
The world has been dealing with HIV for the past four decades.
- There are more than 36 million people who are HIV carriers across the world.
- An unknown additional number of persons have not been tested but carry the virus.
- For every five people in the world who are infected with HIV, only 2-3 people will receive treatment.
- In 2012, there were 1.6 million deaths from AIDS.
- Every day, a further 7,000 people are infected by HIV.
The usual treatment for HIV is currently a “cocktail” of several medicines which prevent the penetration of the virus into cells and further reproduction, so that the level of virus in the blood remains “under control” until an outbreak takes place.
Disadvantages of Current Treatment
Up to 15% of carriers are likely to be infected with a virus that is resistant to medicines
Short-term and long-term side-effects, both physical and psychological
Lengthy treatment with an emphasis on consistently adhering to the timetable for taking the treatment
The danger that incorrect usage of medicine can lead to the development of a mutation of the virus that is drug resistant