The Actual Numbers
Statistics, even though usually useful, can be false and based on presumptions or uncertain data predominantly. The same goes for the number of people living with HIV worldwide. According to recent research, about 39.5 million people lived with HIV last year. This year, however, the number seems to have decreased to 33.2 million. This can be a sign of improvement or a piece of good news. However, this is hardly possible since more and more people are getting affected by HIV. This has lead many people to think that a mistake is at stake here and that all previous data has not been true.
As the analysis of this problem got closer to clues, it was realized that the way UN and other health organizations are getting the information necessary for these statistics is hardly adequate. Namely, all they do is base their information on guesses and estimations. Hardly all HIV positive people are tested or have ever been tested. In many countries, people die of this illness, without even being diagnosed. Therefore, the very treatment system needs to be bettered and people should be tested worldwide, regardless of their status or the status of their country, in order for us to get the real data necessary for having actual conclusions based on facts.
Changes Needing to be Made
During the previous research, all the data was collected from clinics. However, there are numerous house tests done which also bear important results. Moreover, many people never reach hospitals. Thus, more surveys are needed in order to have actual, true data. Blood samples, additional investments and a better health organization is necessary for this to be possible.
A revision of this type was done in India, not so long ago and the results were devastating, showing that, instead of previously predicted 3 million, there were 6 million people with HIV.
Aids and HIV need to be taken seriously. On the contrary, money collected by charity organizations in order for people suffering from these mass killers never reaches them. Rather, only small percentage of this money is invested in treatments, tests and analysis. All the rest is misused, stolen or spent on something else. We need to be aware of these things, since the governments are obviously doing little to help and more to make matters worse, providing us with false data while the world around us, unfortunately, proves us otherwise.