The number of people infected by Human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or HIV/AIDS is growing at an alarming rate in populous Asian and African countries. This pandemic, which was first reported in 1981, has caused 30 million deaths within 30 years due to AIDS-related problems. In 2012, there are 34 million people reportedly living with HIV.
In 2011, there were about 2.4 million newly reported infections globally. That means that there are 7000 people being infected with the disease each day. Most of the affected households belong to the poorest of the poor in Asian and African continents. The UN Global Fund seeks to address the situation by allotting more than $13.2M of its budget, along with independent and private donations that aim to help reverse the spread of AIDS.
This wide-spreading disease impacts the entire world in a lot of ways that are mainly political, religious, and economic. Since its discovery more than three decades ago, AIDS has been changing worldviews about the relationship of health to the growth of afflicted countries with existing sets of beliefs and traditions. At the same time, the spread of the disease caused dramatic effects on how affected nations project the future for their citizens. Because of the disease’s wide-reaching effects, the United Nations included the reverse of spread of HIV by 2015 in its Millennium Development Goals or MDGs.