Comparison of Smallpox vs. HIV/AIDS Eradication Strategies
Annise Chung and Murray R Berkowitz*
Preventive and Community-Based Medicine,Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine,Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia Campus, 625 OldPeachtree Road NW,Suwanee,Georgia 30024,USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Murray R. Berkowitz
Preventive and Community-Based Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine–Georgia Campus
625 Old Peachtree Road NW
Suwanee, Georgia 30024, USA
Tel: 678-225-7482, 202-256-2023
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 30, 2013; Accepted Date: July 25, 2013; Published Date: July 31, 2013
Citation: Chung A, Berkowitz MR (2013) Comparison of Smallpox vs. HIV/AIDS Eradication Strategies. J AIDS Clinic Res S6:003. doi:10.4172/2155-6113.S6-003
Copyright: © 2013 Chung A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credit ed.
In 2011, an estimated 34 million people globally were living with HIV, 2.5 million people became newly infected, and 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses. Although there has been a reduction of 700,000 new HIV cases since 2001, HIV/AIDS remains one of the leading causes of death globally. Since there is no known cure or vaccine currently present, preventing infection has become central to controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With the United Nation’s goal of “Getting to Zero” for the next generation, it may be warranted to review other successful global eradication strategies. The most well known global eradication may be the smallpox eradication program. Although both strategies aim to eradicate diseases, eradication of the HIV/AIDS epidemic has remained much more elusive. This paper will strive to demonstrate the similarities of the smallpox and HIV/AIDS global eradication programs, and the unique challenges HIV/AIDS poses for successful eradication.