The 2011 World AIDS Day report has given us at least a little something to celebrate on this year’s World AIDS Day. Worldwide initiatives to stop new HIV infections, reduce the discrimination related to AIDS and lower the AIDS related deaths statistics have truly made an impact. We hope to carry this success forward in the coming years and we hope to beat this deadly disease and uproot its existence.
Some Success Parameters:
• Between the years 1997 and 2010, there has been a 21 percent drop in annual new AIDS infections.
• There is a phenomenal 250 percent rise in people living with or rather, despite AIDS in Europe and Africa between 2001 and 2010.
• While regions such as the sub-Saharan Africa had a serious lack of anti-retroviral coverage, the good news is that this coverage has improved by 20 percent between 2009 and 2010.
• There has been a successful decline in AIDS related deaths, from about 2.5 million in the mid 2000s to about 1.9 million in 2010.
Some of these successful AIDS statistics are a result of a great deal of hard work, some great Government efforts and the effects of certain things such as availability of anti-retroviral drugs, awareness campaigns, etc.
One of the main causes of AIDS related deaths was the serious lack of AIDS medications a few decades ago. A lot of good medicines are available today however and now the shift has changed from non-availability of AIDS medications to the availability of AIDS medicines at really high prices. A lot of AIDS patients and their families are now giving up on themselves simply because the medicines they require to stay healthy are way beyond the reach of their pockets. This, by all means, is much worse than not having the medicines at all.
Generic anti-retroviral drugs are the perfect solution to this problem and they happen to be one of the main reasons for all the good AIDS statistics that we are seeing today. Generic AIDS medications often cost less then half the cost of their branded counterparts. They are also equally effective and just as easily available to all, in all countries. What this does is that AIDS medications become available to everyone, even people from low income household. With access to good quality and effective generic medications, it is not wonder that AIDS related deaths are on a fall today.
Several potent AIDS drugs are ending their patents in 2013. Immediately after this happens other pharmaceutical manufacturers are expected to start producing them too. Come 2013, it seems there will be even better news in the form of many more AIDS drugs being available in their low cost generic versions across the globe. AIDS BEWARE! Generics are coming for you!
So, when did you say you were making over that switch to generics? Your decision can spread and change the world you know! It is time you started the change for a change, rather than just being a part of it. Say yes to generics, say yes to saving more lives!