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About AIDS / HIV

A red ribbon in honor of World AIDS Day is displayed on the White HouseAcquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is one of the most devastating diseases of the modern era. AIDS is the most advanced stage of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which interferes with an infected person’s immune system. The immune system is responsible for fighting off diseases, and over time, HIV infection weakens this system, leading to the development of AIDS. Individuals with AIDS are at a high risk of contracting life-threatening infections and contagious diseases, as well as certain forms of cancer. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • How can the spread of AIDS be prevented?
  • Should there be mandatory testing for health care workers?
  • Has the government adequately funded AIDS research?
  • What are the latest treatments and how have they changed patients’ prognosis?
  • Should AIDS be treated as a chronic manageable disease rather than a fatal one?
  • Can AIDS education prevent the spreads of AIDS among teenagers?
  • Can needle-exchange programs prevent AIDS?
  • Should HIV test results be confidential or reported to the state?
  • What can be done to combat resistant HIV strains?
  • How far off is an AIDS/HIV vaccine?
  • How have South African companies responded to the crisis?
  • How has the international community responded to the crisis?
  • What can be done to help children orphaned by AIDS?
  • How have African women been affected?
  • Should limited resources be allocated to education or treatment?
  • How can the problem of the cost of drugs be resolved?
  • Compare the situation of another African country with South Africa or India.
  • What are the different challenges of sex education in Africa?
  • Has Project Red been successful?