HIV Awareness: Why Have People Become More Lax When it Comes to HIV Prevention?

By Abbie Kraft, Parent Herald July 18, 07:52 am

The World AIDS Conference will be making a comeback in Durban, South Africa. The conference will reveal how many deem AIDS as no longer a death sentence, thus people are less cautious when it comes to using protection.

NPR's Jason Beaubein, in the conference will share the evolution on HIV/AIDS and how it has changed people's perspective of the disease. The conference which would start on July 18 will be a massive gathering of doctors, health care providers, and medical experts.

The conference occurs every two years and is hosted by different countries. It's been 16 years since Africa first hosted the conference. According to Jason Beauber, a lot has changed in regards to people's views on HIV.

"Things have changed dramatically around HIV over the last 16 years," Jason Beuben told Lynn Neary of NPR. "I mean, if you think back to the year 2000, HIV and AIDS was viewed as a death sentence back then. And now this is a manageable health condition.

Beuben then shared that as the medical advancement in regards to HIV treatment progressed, people are taking the disease less seriously. In one of his conversations with a sex worker from Mozambique, he found out that most of her customers would prefer not to use protection despite the fact that she herself is HIV positive.

Part of people's opinions in regards to getting lax when it comes to HIV contact is the fact that there is a possible cure to either minimize the impact of HIV or medical professionals will eventually find a cure to the disease.

#mce_temp_url# Parent Herald previously reported that health experts from Barcelona, Spain, were able to find the cure for HIV. It was then mentioned that the doctor needs to dig deeper into the case of Timothy Brown, who is one of the most popular HIV patients mentioned to have been cured.

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