Top Aussie scientists have claimed that the nation has been successful in beating AIDS, which used to threaten generations for years.
Australia, according to scientists, has joined the nations that have led to “the end of AIDS” as a public health issue. As far as the number of cases in the nation is concerned, a significant depreciation has been observed every year in recent times. Based on various measures of observations, the Kirby and Peter Doherty institutes, along with the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations have announced that the time is over when the severe disease bothered people across the nation.
The credit for the declining number of cases can be attributed to the invention of anti-retroviral medication during the mid-1990s. With the help of the medication, HIV positive’s conversion to AIDS has stopped but not without side-effects.
Kirby Institute’s HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program head Professor Andrew Grulich claimed that the only AIDS cases that were evident belonged to those which remained undiagnosed. “It’s a transitory thing for most people,” he said, as quoted by Sunshine Coast Daily. “People have AIDS, then they go on treatment and they don’t have AIDS anymore. “It’s pretty much dealt with as a public health issue. The only cases we see of AIDS these days are people undiagnosed with HIV and so they can’t be treated.”
Fifty-one-year-old Lloyd Grosse diagnosed with HIV was told that he cannot live for more than three years. He said he never believed he would be alive to see the end of the disease. “I probably always thought it was going to be a death sentence,” the ABC quoted Grosse as saying.
“The wards were full of people dying, and there were problems with people even delivering food to them, they were pushing food into people’s rooms with the ends of broomsticks, it was a scary time.”
The scientists have specified that the end of AIDS if not the end of HIV. Reports have indicated that almost 1000 HIV cases are reported every year in Australia. Ten percent of them remain undiagnosed until it reaches advanced stages. The fight against HIV, therefore, yet continues.