Today is World’s AIDS Day. Typically this is a day for bad news, but there are some positive trends in the AIDS epidemic. Time notes that “The number of new infections is falling, as are AIDS-related deaths. Overall, 33 countries have seen their infection rate drop by more than 25% between 2001 and 2009, thanks, in part, to HIV prevention efforts. ” In addition, condom usage is gaining ground even around conservative cultural circles. This year, the Pope stated that there are some cases where condoms are acceptable. Nevertheless, over 33 million people are still living with HIV or AIDS, including 2.6 million people who were newly infected in 2009.
In other reading, the Huffington Post has gathered a list of the seven best books about HIV/AIDS.
On a lighter note, for those of you wanting to engage in risky behavior…head over to Insurance Coverage Law in Massachusetts blog for the latest edition of the Cavalcade of Risk.