AIDS soon to become the third-highest killer

 “Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise” is the theme for today’s World AIDS Day.

Within the next 25 years, AIDS-related illnesses are likely to become the third leading cause of death worldwide after heart disease and stroke, the Miami Herald reported Monday.

We should take HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention seriously because this epidemic affects us all.

According to, around 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDS throughout the world.

It states on that there are an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 HIV-positive individuals living in the United States. Approximately 40,000 new infections occur every year.

The United States, like other nations around the world, is deeply effected by HIV/AIDS.

In close-knit environments, such as college towns, people should especially be careful and aware of this topic. Let us from this day forth fight prejudices and ignorance surrounding HIV/AIDS.

We are among more than 40,000 college students from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University.

For different reasons, students are contracting STDs, such as HIV/AIDS, at an alarming rate.

We cannot stress enough the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness. There are several other HIV/AIDS days, including National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day on Feb. 7.

We just want to direct everybody in the right direction and to encourage all to join in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Siraaj Sabree for Editorial Board.