Dear readers and fellow bloggers:
Good morning and Happy Sunday to you all. Today many civic organisations, Public Health institutions. Health Care advocacy groups, Non-Profit organisations and the common citizenry all over the planet are “celebrating” the World Aids Day. We started our clinical training when this terrible disease had not been properly identified but it was already decimating entire communities, especially Gays, Minorities and the Poor. It was a time when also someone we knew personally had the misfortune of getting this diagnosis, which was equivalent to a death sentence at the time. We still shudder remembering all the wasted youth that we saw wither away in the clinical wards, in spite of all our professional efforts to save them. It was extremely frustrating for all health care practitioners.
Fortunately we have now many excellent pharmaceutical treatments and preventive schedules for this infection, which has saved countless people and afforded them a good quality of life even though they carry a chronic disease. The sustained promotion of safety measures for safe sex has dramatically curtailed its incidence in the population. However, it is still an ongoing epidemic, which has not been completely eradicated yet. In modern societies, four large segments of the population are bearing its brunt now:
a- Young people between 16 and 20 years of age
b- Women older than 65 years old
c – Intravenous drug abusers in the developed societies
d – The vulnerable population tier of under-developed societies
The first group of people were born long after the 80s and 90s when the disease ravaged our societies and the basic Public Health measures to prevent its spread were enacted; the lack of a dramatic narrative has desensitized them to the need to protect themselves. The second group has been largely victimized by men who have not used the proper protection in the sexual interactions with partners . The third group is still exposed to the dangerous sharing of needles and the concomitant infections of syphilis and gonorrhea. The last group suffer the consequences of economic inequality and unfair access to health care services in poor societies, including the good availability of retro-viral agents.
We must continue our medical, sanitary and institutional efforts to combat this life-threatening disease and we should participate in all the civic-minded initiatives. In our next blogging season starting in March 2020, we will write a series of articles about it, thus providing our little grain of sand to the humongous dune of necessary containment. Thank you very much for suggesting the critical topics that we should be discussing, which shakes us from the inevitable torpor that may grip us after these half-won battles. AIDS is still a major Public Health threat for all societies, rich and poor, of planet Earth. Any major natural or made-made catastrophe can re-awaken that dormant monster that could potentially overwhelm all the firewalls erected to contain it over so many years.
Nobody is free from any of its tragic effects. Nobody.
What do you think? Please tell us.
Don’t leave me alone.