The Lazarus Effect
While no longer frontpage stories in the US, the effects of HIV and AIDS are still felt in the developing countries on the African continent. The disease was still on the rise at the turn of the century, and even though effective Anti Retro Viral (ARV) drugs were readily available, extreme poverty prevented many people from being able to afford the drugs. ARVs cannot prevent sexual transmission of HIV, but they can dramatically decrease the chances of it being transferred from a mother to her unborn baby.
The US and other nations have provided much needed assistance, and in 2006, Project (RED) was created to bring various corporate assistance as well. These programs have helped provide free ARVs to thousands, with dramatic results. Go to joinred.com to find out what current products are available in your area and other ways you can assist. 40 cents a day provides a day’s worth of life-saving ARVs. The movie The Lazarus Effect shows the story of several people and how ARVs helped them: