Sunday, July 01, 2012

3000 people living with AIDS | ලංකාවේ ඒඩ්ස් රෝගින් 3000ක්

There are 1503 identified people who living with HIV/AIDS and number of estimated HIV/AIDS people are 3000, HIV Unit, Department of Communicable Diseases says. Doctor Gayani Nanayakkara presented sri lankan HIV/AIDS Statistics at Hotel Panorama, Kalutara.

In the early 1980s, the first recognized cases of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) occurred among homosexual men in the United States. These men suddenly began to develop rare opportunistic infections and cancers that seemed stubbornly resistant to any treatment. At this time, AIDS did not yet have a name, but it quickly became obvious that all the men were suffering from a common syndrome. By 1983, the etiological agent, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), had been identified. While some were initially resistant to acknowledge the connection (and indeed some remain so today), there is now clear evidence to prove that HIV causes AIDS. By the mid-1980‟s, it became clear that the virus had spread, largely unnoticed, throughout most of the world, and since then, the global AIDS epidemic has become one of the greatest threats to human health and development. At the same time, much has been learnt about the science of AIDS, as well as how to prevent and treat the disease.

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