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:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an ... Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile ... orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing ... contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by ... Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Puradigm® ... Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, and ... Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive air ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture Construction ... Classic Tournament held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at 1201 ... Wings, an organization dedicated to helping service members that have been wounded in battle ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has ... by Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), ... Parenteral) - Global Forecast to 2021" report to ... The global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to reach ... 6.1% in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. ... biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and ... enrollment in its ongoing randomized HOPE-Duchenne clinical trial ... of its 24-patient target. Capricor expects the trial ... of 2016, and to report top line data ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 23, 2016 If ... Leaders Scholarship is any indication, the future is in ... at www.diabetesscholars.org by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation ... the way of academic and community service excellence. ... since 2012, and continues to advocate for people with ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: