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TITLE (EDIT)
The Fight Against Aids-Is There A Ray Of Hope?
DESCRIPTION
All we need is a lasting solution...just how far have we gone?how far can we go?
[902 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Health
AUTHOR
Kennedy O Obohwemu
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Medical Doctor, Publisher, Editor, Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Dr. Ken’s books {Book 1: Frozen, Book 2: Nightfall, and the Omnibus Edition (paperback)} are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple:

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[August 2014]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (52)
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What Have We Done? (Poetry) Look what we've done to the world,it's not a good sight...composed 19/02/04. [110 words] [Nature]
What Is It With Fecamds? (Essays) - [472 words] [Health]
When The Bells Began To Ring (Poetry) A reflection on the election of Cardinal Joseph Radzinger as successor to Pope John Paul II at St.Peter's Square,Rome.Composed April 19th,2005. [115 words] [Mind]
Where Did I Go Wrong? (Poetry) It was only a skirmish,do forgive me...this love-bird can't figure out what's wrong...composed 22,23/05/03. [113 words] [Relationships]
Where Love And Sorrow Meet (Poetry) It was Good Friday,April 18th,2003.Moved by the reflection of the Passion of Our LORD,I wrote the poem to picture the intense emotion and physical weakness Our LORD had to go through for our sake to c... [103 words] [Motivational]
You're The One (Poetry) It's the mind of a happy love-bird who found his missing rib...composed 25/05/03 [122 words] [Relationships]
'twisted (Short Stories) Before things went sour, he needed a minor miracle. Now he needs the Red Sea to part. http://wp.me/P3ZErB-F Full story coming soon on Amazon Kindle. #Novel #eBook #Kindle #Mystery #Suspense #Romance #... [334 words] [Fan Fiction]
The Fight Against Aids-Is There A Ray Of Hope?
Kennedy O Obohwemu

"The average life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa is currently
47.Withot AIDS,it would have been 62 years.",reports the Joint
United Programme on HIV/AIDS(UNIAIDS).It is not uncommon to
read these lines in national dailies or foreign tabloids.The plague
of HIV/AIDS,however,is pandemic,extending far beyond the African
continent.UNIAIDS estimates that some 4 miliion people in India are
infected with HIV,adding:"With the current disease burden,HIV will
emerge as the largest cause of adult mortality this decade."HIV
infection in the United States continues to be a leading cause of
death for Americans between the ages of 25 and 44.
   In 1986,Dr.H.Mahler,then Director-General of the World Health
Organisation(WHO),warned that some 10 million people may have already
been infected with HIV.Almost two decades later,the number of HIV cases
worldwide has increased to an estimated 42 million,growing at a rate
more than 10 times the rate of population growth.
"
   In the 45 most affected countries",reports UNIAIDS,"it is projected
that,between 2000 and 2020,68 million people will die prematurely as a
result of AIDS."
   With such an alarming infection rate,a cure for AIDS has never been
more urgently needed.Thus,medical researchers have laboured tirelessly
to combat HIV.Is there a ray of hope for the teeming population of
children,youths and adults alike?
   A clinical trial using azidothymidine(AZT),an antiretroviral drug,
was carried out to treat HIV.Remarkably,HIV patients who took AZT were
living longer.Since that time,antiretroviral drugs(ARVs) have prolonged
the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.But how successful have they
been in treating HIV infection?
   Cases of intolerance have been reported in some patients.Since patients
were unable to tolerate AZT,other ARVs had to be developed.Combination
therapy
,which came to involve the taking of three or more antiretroviral
drugs,was enthusiastically welcomeed by AIDS workers.
   Sadly,within a year it was evident that even strict adherence to the 3-drug
regimen could not eradicate HIV.Nonetheless,a report by UNIAIDS says that
"combinatioin ARV therapy has enabled HIV-positive people to live longer,
healthier,more productive lives."Yet,millions of HIV patients are denied access
to ARVs.
   ARV therapy is widely administered in high-income countries.The average price
of a 3-drug ARV regimen in the United States and Europe is between $10,000 and
$15,000 a year.Even though generic copies of these drug combinations are now
being offered in some developing countries at a yearly rate of $300 or less,this
is still far beyond the reach of many who have HIV and live where ARVs are needed
the most.Little wonder Dr.Gerald J.Stine,a medical researcher and author,summed up
the situation this way:"AIDS is a disease of poverty."
   Even if enough ARVs were supplied to developing lands,other obstacles would
have to be overcome.Some drugs need to be taken with food and clean water,but
hundreds of thousands of people in some lands can eat only every other day.
ARVs(often 20 or more pills daily) need to be taken at a certain time each
day,but many patients do not own a timepiece.Drug combinations need to be
adjusted according to a patient's condition.But there is a critical shortage of
physicians in many lands.Clearly,providing ARV therapy to developing countries
will be a difficult hurdle to surmount.
   How successful have prevention efforts been in slowing the spread of AIDS and
changing high-risk behaviours?AIDS education has not been so successful in many
countries.Even youths who are aware of HIV & AIDS and the lack of a cure have
grown complacent."For many young people,"says one doctor,"HIV has become just
one of the many problems in their lives,like if they are going to get a good
meal,who they are going to live with,whether they are going to school."Not
surprisingly,then,WHO states that "focusing on young people is likely to be
the most effective approach to confronting the epidemic,particularly in high
prevalence countries."How can youths be helped to act on warnings they have
rerceived regarding AIDS?And is it realistic to hope for a cure?
   From an early age,youths are bombarded with sexual messages that encourage
promiscuity.Considering today's pervasive climate of irresponsible behaviour,
one may need wonder if AIDS will ever end.
   Health professionals aptly point to behavioural changes as a vital strategy
in the fight against AIDS.Clearly,parents need to educate their children about
these changes before they are misinformed by their peers or others.This is not
always easy.But it can save a life.Informing children about sex and drugs need
not take away their innocence.It can actually protect them from losing their
innocence.
   Current scientific and educational endeavours have not halted the spread
of AIDS."Never in the history of humans has so much been learned about so
complex an illness in so short a time,"writes Dr.Gerald J.Stine in his book
AIDS Update 2003.So much has been known,yet so little has been done.
   Considering the limits of our intellectual ability,it is worth acknowledging
that however hard we try,not much can be done without wisdom from above.We must
trust in divine providence.
   God's empathy and love for the chronically ill cannot be over-emphasised.
Bible prophesy assures that soon "no resident will say:'I am sick.'"(Isaiah 33:24).
Despite the failure of mankind to stop the spread of AIDS or to provide effective
treatment for all,we can be confident that AIDS will be abolished."Bless
the LORD,O my soul,"King David said,"and do not forget all His doings,Him who is
forgiving all your error,who is healing all your maladies."-Psalm 103:2,3.
   While we trust GOD to heal us of our maladies,we must realise that our destiny
lies in our hands,life is what we make of it.May the scourge of HIV/AIDS not take
us unawares.You may say 'Amen'.


                                       Obohwemu O.Kennedy,
                                       Medicine & Surgery,
                                       DELSU,Abraka.



   












   


      
      
      

 

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"MY HIV DISEASE WAS CURED BY PROPHET ABUDU FROM AFRICA, WITH HIS HERBAL HEALING SPELL/ (drabuduspiritualspellhome@gmail.com ). DR Abudu is the only Dr who could ever get my HIV-AIDS cured with his healing spell, I have tried almost everything but I couldn't find any solution on my disease, despite all these happening to me, I always spend a lot to buy a HIV drugs from hospital and taking some several medications but no relieve, until one day I was just browsing on the internet when I come across a great post of! Michelle! who truly said that she was been diagnose with HIV and was healed that very week through the help of these great powerful healing spell doctor, sometime I really wonder why people called him Papa abudu, I never knew it was all because of the great and perfect work that he has been doing that is causing all this. so I quickly contacted him, and he ask me some few questions and he said a thing I will never forget that anyone who contacted him is! always getting his or her healing in just 6 hours after doing all he ask you, so I was amazed all the time I heard that from him, so I did all things only to see that at the very day which he said I will be healed, all the strength that has left me before rush back and I becomes very strong and healthy, this disease almost kills my life all because of me, so I will to hospital to give the final test to the disease and the doctor said I am HIV negative, I am very amazed and happy about the healing Dr abudu gave to me from the ancient part of Africa, you can email him now for your own healing too at: (EMAIL HIM ON: drabuduspiritualspellhome@gmail.com " -- rebecca, oxford, england.

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