We are currently losing generations of people to AIDS and although we’ve made some progress in medicine there is still no cure for the AIDS virus. The disease is still being spread worldwide while a vaccine is still a goal each year. AIDS was discovered in 1983 and since then has spread all over the world infecting heterosexuals and homosexuals alike through sexual contact, IV drug use and sometimes blood transfusions. There is a recent report that debates the issue that cocaine users have transmitted HIV by sharing a straw used for snorting cocaine. The disease also affects unborn children, as they are prone to get it from their infected mother before birth. It’s impossible to ignore the media attention HIV and AIDS receives on a regular basis. There are a number of organizations locally and nationally that are working to raise funds to help find a cure. How much money is really necessary to find a vaccine or a cure for this disease? In addition, if there is a cure found, will it reach many of the groups that are considered to be “high risk”? Is the social stigma associated with HIV and AIDS enough to ruin a person’s life all its own? Black women are the highest risk group of people linked with HIV and AIDS. There are more black women carrying the disease than any other race of people. If there were a cure available, would black women be the first to get the medicine? As for insurance companies, would they drop individuals who have been stricken with the disease? Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing the use of anti-retroviral drugs among high-risk people can cut the risk of getting infected among non-HIV positive people almost in half. The study is based on a clinical trial that began in 2007 using new HIV prevention methods. That’s amazing information for people who are not infected, but what about those who are? We’ve heard all of this before and can even quote a 2007 article that states, “New AIDS drug shows ‘phenomenal’ results”. If this is the case, why are people still suffering tremendously from the disease? Why are black women in America the number one carriers and why are successful clinical trials not being offered to those who suffer most. Pharmaceutical companies depend largely on public sponsored research and are lacking greatly in getting effective drugs to help cure diseases that actually end or significantly change lives. Education is by far one of the most effective tools to use for diminishing the disease, however, rarely do we see pharmaceutical companies jumping on board to help education those who need it most about how to keep from contracting the disease in the first place. As we learn more and more about how the disease affects our community, it’s important that we put more pressure on those in charge to help bring those little successes in medicine to our people.