Navigation Links
HIV Infection Still On The Rise

Preventive measures are failing to stem the rising rate of HIV infection, warn two senior doctors in an editorial in this week's BMJ.

An estimated 38 million people worldwide, including over 2 million children, are now infected with HIV, and a record 4.8 million became infected in 2003.

The underlying reason for this continuing increase is socioeconomic, but the increase also represents a failure of prevention, write the authors.

For instance, the search for a vaccine against HIV has so far produced only negative results, while microbicides have proved disappointing. Although the ABC message (abstinence, be faithful, use a condom) is popular with the American government, its application in other parts of the world may not have the impact required.

In the face of this global catastrophe, the epidemic in the United Kingdom seems both small and parochial, say the authors. Nevertheless, the latest figures show a 20% increase in the prevalence of HIV in 2003 and 2004 compared with 2002, partly because of infections acquired abroad.

Furthermore, each newly diagnosed HIV patient consumes £12,500 in healthcare costs each year, while the lifetime costs of care for the current 50,000 infected individuals in the United Kingdom, with a life expectancy of 20 years, is at least £12.5bn.

"Prioritisation of sexual health with substantial investment is essential to avoid continuing deterioration in services, rising HIV transmission, and costly consequences for tax payers," they conclude.


'"/>

Source:British Medical Journal


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Fibril Shape Is The Basis Of Prion Strains And Cross-species Prion Infection
2. Chronic Sinus Infection Thought To Be Tissue Issue, Mayo Clinic Scientists Show Its Snot
3. Methamphetamine Abuse, HIV Infection Cause Changes in Brain Structure
4. Infection alarm yields clues to immune system behavior
5. Infections could contribute to adult brain tumours
6. Infection detectives use disease fingerprints to track common infections in children
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  Vigilant Solutions announces today that ... are being used by Lee,s Summit ... recent location and arrest of a homicide suspect. ... covers around 65 square miles and is home to ... Department has a single mobile license plate reader system and ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... February 8, 2016 Worldcore ... which presents innovation for clients, comfort and unbeatable ... VoiceKey. --> Worldcore is the ... for clients, comfort and unbeatable security, with a ... Worldcore is the first EU-regulated ...
(Date:2/3/2016)... India , February 3, 2016 ... the new market research report "Automated Fingerprint Identification System ... Search, Latent Search), Application (Banking & Finance, Government, Healthcare, ... published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is expected to be ... CAGR of 21.0% between 2015 and 2020. The transformation ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The Pittcon ... in Atlanta, Georgia, will include 848 exhibitors (count as of February 9) of ... products and services used by the scientific community in industrial, academic, and government ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , February 11, 2016 Non-profit Consortium ... Genetic Understanding to Support Research and Discovery ... today announced an ambitious plan to sequence 100,000 individuals. It ... countries and at least 7 of North and East Asian ... the first phase, the project will focus on creating phased ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  Bioethics International, a not-for-profit organization ... researched, developed, marketed and made accessible to patients around the ... had named the publication of the Good Pharma ... publication is also featured as one of BMJ Open ... last year that are most frequently read. Ed ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... CRUZ, Calif. , Feb. 11, 2016  Dovetail ... applications to its beta program for a planned metagenomic ... will present the company,s metagenomic genome assembly method in ... Advances in Genome Biology & Technology conference in ... assembly of these highly complex datasets is difficult. Using ...
Breaking Biology Technology: