A child living with HIV-AIDS gets treatment

Written by on September 29, 2009 in Photo Posts, Photos and Stories in Progress with 3 Comments

A child living with HIV-AIDS

Did you know more than 300,000 children will likely die of AIDS this year, and more than 2 million will be infected? Most of the deaths will be in Africa. The most important task ahead is to stop new infections, which is much more cheaply done than treating existing ones. Now some would argue that treatment is simply too expensive, relative to prevention which is still lacking (implying that we should let tens of millions of infected poor people die and spend the money on prevention instead). Although I get this in economic terms, I know too many specific children and adults who would probably die if that were the case. I also think the money spent on overhead (doctors, clinics, developing and delivering medicine, etc.) will have many lasting benefits that need to be taken into account.

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About the Author: Andy Gray is a writer and photographer living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and working with Alongsiders International. You can find him puttering around the streets of Phnom Penh on his Suzuki Viva 125, running stoplights and driving on the wrong side of the road or on the sidewalks like a local. If you see him in a coffee shop, he'll be the one typing and deleting the same line over and over again. .

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  • Hi,
    I will be in Cambodia in November and I will realize a reportage about children and Hiv Aids.
    I am developing a project about children rights, called “Worldless Children”, can you see the presentation in my website.
    can you help me to contact some organitation as Wat Opot children’s community?
    all the best Luca

  • I tried to visit your website, but it was not working. I will check again later and send an email.

  • joe

    The terrible truth is that in the headlong rush to pay for HIV ‘treatment’ we’re not funding the things which actually would prevent transmission. And that is the terrible choice: medication which might keep someone alive for a year or two or preventatives which might stop many from being infected.

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