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 useful in the work that we do.
Here is this week’s update:
One in Four HIV Infections Occurs In Young People Ages 13-24
“About 1,000 youth per month were infected with HIV in 2010
- Most new HIV infections in youth (about 70%) occurred in gay and bisexual males, most of whom were African Americans
- Of the new HIV infections among youth, 2,100 were among young women; two-thirds of these were among young African American women
- Youth are 7% of the estimated 1 million Americans living with HIV
- Most youth are not getting tested for HIV
- About 60% of youth with HIV do not know they are infected and so don’t receive treatment, putting them at risk for sickness and early death. These youth can also unknowingly pass HIV to others.”
To learn more read the story by Evelyn Kappeler at: http://www.thebody.com/content/71152/one-in-four-is-too-many.html?ic=700100
Heavy Drinking and HIV
“Here’s some disquieting and rather telling news: In a group of U.S. men who have sex with men (MSM), heavy drinking combined with having more than one unprotected receptive anal I ntercourse partner in the past two years doubled the risk of acquiring the HIV virus. And check this out: Heavy drinking alone raised the risk of HIV infection by a whopping 60 percent.”
May 19th is National Asian & Pacific Islanders HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The theme for this year’s National Asian & Pacific Islanders HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is “I’m talking about HIV…because saving face can’t make you safe.”
In recent years, the number of Asians diagnosed with HIV has increased while the number of HIV-diagnosed Pacific Islanders has decreased. In 2011, an estimated 821 Asians and 68 Pacific Islanders were diagnosed with HIV in the United States.
Learn more by visiting: http://www.cdc.gov/features/APIHIVAwareness/