It defined an era, and forever altered the way people would view health, sexuality, and relationships. Since the initial discovery of HIV 30 years ago, the AIDS pandemic has transformed the globe, affecting people everywhere, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. It has virtually wiped out entire communities, destroyed families, and left millions of children orphaned. It is the most serious, far-reaching health crisis in the history of the modern world, and it continues to affect all sectors of contemporary society. While there have been major breakthroughs in treatment options, there is still no cure, and a disappointing lack of strategies for AIDS education continues to be a problem.
And despite the advances in medical technology and the reduction of new HIV infections annually due to antiretroviral drugs, the number of people worldwide living with HIV has risen considerably, from around 8 million in 1990 to 33 million at the end of 2009. Approximately 2.6 million people are infected with HIV annually, and 1.8 million die from AIDS. Thanks to the art world, however, the past twenty-odd years have seen a wide variety of AIDS awareness ad campaigns - helping to promote prevention and understanding. (Left: INRI in AIDS Unite Against AIDS in Children, Mexico, 2007. Design: Carlos M. Gonzalez Manjarrez, UNICEF)
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