Experts warn HIV sidelined during COVID-19 pandemic | DW News

It was in June 1981 that American doctors first started writing about an unknown illness that appeared to be affecting young homosexual men. Those men had been healthy. They had no other, existing conditions. But before we knew it, HIV/AIDS would become the most deadly pandemic of the late, last century.

When HIV enters the bloodstream, it attacks the human immune system so severely that it is unable to fight off any other viral or bacterial infections.

If HIV goes untreated, people can develop AIDS, and that can lead to serious illness.

But if HIV is treated early enough, it is possible to avoid the risk of AIDS developing and symptoms can even be reversed.

By the time the United Nations introduced World AIDS Day in 1988, the pandemic had spread to more than 100 countries.

Since then, World AIDS Day has been marked each year on December 1 and adopted a special motto. In 2021 that motto is "End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics."

AIDS has hit African countries hardest. Healthcare professionals on the continent often lack the medication to treat people.

Two-thirds of all the world’s HIV infections are with people living in Africa — that’s 25.5 million people. About 2 million of those infected people are under the age of 15.

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World airlines warn Omicron will hit travel again

Airlines are starting to feel the effects of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Emirates and easyJet both warning of the risks to travel demand.

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Medical officials warn holiday gatherings could lead to spike in COVID hospitalizations, deaths

More than 53 million Americans are expected to travel for Thanksgiving this year. Medical officials say they are worried that holiday gatherings could cause a spike in infections. A new forecast from the CDC predicts that COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths will be on the rise over the next few weeks. Intensive care physician Dr. Lakshmana Swamy joins CBSN to discuss.

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Wireless Companies Warn They Will Be Ending 3G Service In 2022

3G mobile devices may become a thing of the past quickly, as mobile carriers such as T-Mobile begin to disconnect devices on the network. Ending the 3G network could possibly affect more than just phones, but also cars, home security and even medical devices.  

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Doctors warn of potential resurgence of influenza infections this year-end

Singapore may see a flu resurgence as COVID-19 pandemic curbs are eased. A combined study by SGH, KKH and the Genome Institute of Singapore has found that flu cases went down significantly last year because of measures like mask-wearing and the circuit breaker. But this could change with the peak December flu season just around the corner. Dr Esther Tan, Consultant at SGH’s Department of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, shared her views on this.

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Blinken, Wang Yi warn against fuelling tensions across Taiwan Strait

China and the United States have held their first talks in months. On the sidelines of the G20 in Rome, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused Washington of stoking cross-strait tensions by supporting Taiwan’s pro-independence forces. China has cautioned that Taiwan is the "most sensitive matter" between both countries, and if mishandled, would bring “subversive damage” to overall bilateral ties.

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