Navigation Links
Estimate of Annual HIV Incidence Increases to 56,300
Date:8/2/2008

RELEASE OF NEW ESTIMATE SHOWS NEED FOR A NATIONAL AIDS STRATEGY

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) long anticipated revised estimate of annual new cases of HIV infections was revealed today in a paper published in the Aug. 6, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The revised estimated number of new infections suggests that the HIV epidemic here in the United States is more severe than current statistics portray. The revised estimate of 56,300 new HIV infections in 2006 replaces the current, widely reported estimate of 40,000 annual new infections, which has been used for a number of years. The JAMA article does not make clear to what degree the higher estimate is the result of an actual increase in new annual infections or improved reporting technology. Regardless, the estimated number of new HIV infections remains high, and is higher than what America has been led to believe. After 27 years, the United States lacks a coherent strategy for combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, reflected in this disturbing increase in the estimate of HIV incidence.

"The revised CDC figure represents an unacceptable level of new HIV infections for a preventable disease. The revised estimate underlines the need for a National AIDS Strategy with measurable outcomes, reliance on evidence-based programs, and sufficient funding," said Joseph Interrante, CEO, Nashville CARES in Nashville, TN and Chair of AIDS Action Council's Board of Directors. "Stopping the spread of HIV and treating all people living with HIV must be a high priority for our leaders and the American public," Interrante added.

The higher estimate of annual new HIV infections does not mean that HIV prevention does not work. What is failing is national leadership to fund and support sound, scientifically effective HIV prevention programs. Federal funding for domestic HIV prevention has not kept pace with the epidemic, especially given the crisis of HIV/AIDS in communities of color, particularly in African American and Hispanic communities and the high impact of HIV on gay men and men who have sex with men. Adjusted for inflation, federal funding for HIV prevention has decreased since 2001. Federal law blocks federal funding for syringe exchange programs, which the scientific literature has demonstrated clearly as an effective HIV prevention tool. Support for comprehensive sex education that helps keep young people healthy is neglected while the current administration supports pouring millions of dollars into abstinence-only programs that have been proven to be ineffective. "This is not just another set of statistics. There are people behind these numbers. People are becoming infected with a disease that is preventable. We know how to prevent HIV, but we have been fighting this epidemic with one hand tied behind our back, reflecting a disturbing dismissal of HIV prevention as a public health priority," said Ronald Johnson, Deputy Director, AIDS Action Council. "The new, higher estimate is yet one more wake-up call to our national leaders that they need to do more, starting with developing and implementing a real national AIDS strategy," Johnson noted.
http://www.AIDSaction.org Editor's note 1: Nationally recognized HIV/AIDS experts Ronald Johnson (quoted in this release) and Rebecca Haag, Executive Director, AIDS Action, are available for interviews. Ronald is in Mexico City (at the International AIDS Conference), and Rebecca is stateside.

Contact: Diego Sanchez, AIDS Action, 617.835.1455 dsanchez@aac.org


'/>"/>
SOURCE AIDS Action
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers estimate about 9 percent of US children age 8 to 15 meet criteria for having ADHD
2. QMed, Inc. Comments on Estimated 3rd Quarter Results & Medical Expense Ratio; Sets 2008 Revenue Guidance for Medicare SNPs at $88-95 Million
3. New Report Estimates Cost of Low Health Literacy Between $106 - $236 Billion Annually
4. People overestimate their self-reported sleep times compared to measures by a sleep test
5. Implications of the new HIV estimate for India
6. New report estimates 12 million cancer deaths worldwide
7. New report estimates 12 million cancer cases worldwide
8. DCIS patients overestimate breast cancer risks
9. Alcoholics underestimate the risk of bleeding
10. Treatment for disease that affects estimated 1 in 2000 children gets them to eat again
11. New Home Safety Council(R) Research Shows the Majority of Families Underestimate the Danger of Poisoning Exposure at Home
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... Sharon Kleyne, host of the ... and Your Health on Voice of America, declared on her radio program in November ... the fact that when these bullies attack leaders in corporate America, they are trying ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... 20 Marketing Campaign Winner in the Folio: Marketing Awards competition. Live From won ... year’s best in pioneering, inventive, and ultimately successful projects undertaken by the media ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... and Wellness (IFW) Program at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). McLaughlin brings ... a team of three acupuncturists to help patients realize their family building goals. ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... NORFOLK, Va. (Dec. 3, 2016) , ... (PRWEB) ... ... the nation’s only patient advocacy nonprofit for individuals impacted by cerebral cavernous angiomas, ... work in New Mexico with a patient engagement program. New Mexico has more ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... ... that can be seen on a type of MRI, according to a study ... disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremors or trembling and stiffness ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/7/2016)...  Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI ) today announced ... Prescription for Success Healthcare Conference on December 14, 2016 at 9:20 ... York City . In addition, the company will ... 4 th Annual Boston Healthcare Conference taking place on December ... ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... BROOKLYN, N.Y. , Dec. 6, 2016  Licenders is bringing ... . This new location in Park Slope at 203 13 th ... Brooklyn clientele. "Our goal is ... Our treatment plans are designed to get children right back to ... products are 100% all natural and safe for the whole family," ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... Dec. 6, 2016  "Blood Tests replace Surgical ... ....." The Diagnostic, Monitoring and Screening Test ... diagnostics is occurring using in vitro blood testing ... with impressive backing, has announced a single blood ... moving faster than the market. New technology that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: