Jul 23, 2019 | Updated: 09:13 AM EDT

World Health Organization Concerns Over HIV Rates

Dec 09, 2015 02:58 AM EST

(Photo : Reuters) a blood sample during a free HIV test at a blood tests party, part of a campaign to prevent HIV infection

The World Health Organization has considered the HIV virus as one of the biggest scares of sexually active individuals over the past few years. There are at least 38.1 million have been infected with HIV, while there are also over 25 million people that have died because of AIDS-related cases. 

HIV or human immunodeficiency virus is classified as a virus that gradually attacks the immune system, which is our body's natural defense against illness. This particular disease also spreads all throughout the body since it destroys a certain type of white blood cells by making copies of itself while inside of them.

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists down HIV as a major global health issue. Because in 2014 alone, there are over 1.2 million deaths reported that had something to do with HIV-related disease.

Back in 2013, the World FactBook releases a list of countries with the highest adult percentage victims of HIV. With all of them being in Africa, it has sent a clear message to the entire world that a cure is needed.

There are more than 2 million people that are newly infected with the disease in 2014 alone. And if we're going to consider the ability of people to control themselves and avoid promiscuity, there's a huge chance that this number will go even higher as each year passes by. 

Now with the growing rate of HIV victims all around the world, the need to find a solution becomes more imperative than ever. Mr. Timothy Ray Brown, who is also known as Berlin Patient, has been recorded with no HIV in his body after the stem cell of a naturally HIV immune person has been transplanted to him. Another breakthrough in finding a solution for the disease is the production of engineered molecules. These molecules were able to kill the infected cells and remove all the hidden sources of the virus. However, these molecules gave a promising result, further tests are still required before it can be declared as a cure.

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