Every week we have a “newsletter” which gets emailed to CARES staff and board members. Its purpose is to highlight recent HIV-related news from the United States as well as other countries. A short informational teaser lets everyone know what each news item is about and a link is included at the end for those who have an interest in reading the story in its entirety. We pull information from various news, government and health-related websites, as well as personal blogs. From time to time we include links to webinars that might be helpful in helping us do our jobs more effectively.
Here is this week’s update:
World AIDS Day is Saturday, December 1st
More than two-thirds of the estimated 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide are in developing countries, and nearly three-fourths of the 2.5 million new HIV infections in 2011 occurred in these countries. The Center for Disease Control provides support to more than 70 countries to strengthen their national HIV/AIDS programs and build sustainable public health systems through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The CDC works side by side with Ministries of Health in these countries and with other partners to implement sustainable HIV/AIDS interventions and to measure their effectiveness in reducing infections and deaths from HIV/AIDS.
Promising international research like that from the HIV Prevention Trials Network also supports the use of treatment as prevention in the United States.
Read the rest of this story on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WorldAidsDay/
HIV and American Youth
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year, and 1 in 4 is 13 to 24 years old. Youth make up 7% of the more than 1 million people in the US living with HIV. About 12,000 youth were infected with HIV in 2010. The greatest number of infections occurred among gay and bisexual youth. Nearly half of all new infections among youth occur in African American males.
The risk for HIV for most youth begins when they start having sex or start injecting drugs. HIV causes a serious infection that, without treatment, leads to AIDS and early death. All youth should know how HIV is transmitted and prevented, understand what puts them at risk for HIV, and be tested if they are at risk.
Visit the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/HIVAmongYouth/index.html
HIV Tests For Everyone Aged 15 to 64
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group that operates under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to advise the U.S. government and physicians on the medical evidence for preventive health measures, has recommended HIV tests for everyone aged 15 to 64. Their guidelines suggest that doctors offer HIV testing to people under 15 or over 64 if they are at high risk for contracting HIV and to all pregnant women.
The recommendations would apply to all but very-low-risk populations.