Today, the Rolls School of Public Health at Emory University released an update to AIDSvu, a compilation map of reported HIV/AIDS cases collected from 20 cities across the country.
Emory says the map is the most detailed picture of new HIV/AIDS cases publicly available. Data is collected from a variety of sources and is compiled into a single map.
“Our National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for reducing new HIV infections by intensifying our efforts in HIV prevention where the epidemic is most concentrated. AIDSVu provides a roadmap to identifying those high-prevalence areas of the HIV epidemic and showing where the local testing resources are located,” said Patrick S. Sullivan, PhD, DVM, professor of epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and the principal researcher for AIDSVu, today via a media release.
While the number of new HIV infections in the U.S. continues to hold steady at about 50,000 a year, infections rates among gay and bisexual men, especially African American men who have sex with men (MSM), continue to rise sharply, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Every month, 1,000 young people in the U.S. become infected with HIV. Drug and alcohol use and unprotected sex are major reasons youth are becoming infected at alarming rates, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report released this month.
In a Nov. 27 conference call with reporters, CDC leaders said more must be done to ensure youth ages 13-24 are tested for HIV as well as educated about the preventable disease.
“This is our future generation and the bottom line is every month 1,000 youth are becoming infected with HIV,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the CDC. “The cost of care is approximately $400,000 over a person’s lifetime.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the launch of a new national HIV awareness program called “Let's Stop HIV Together.” The initiative will combat two critical obstacles to prevention, the CDC says – stigma associated with the disease and complacency about the epidemic.
“Let's Stop HIV Together” will utilize national television, print and radio ads featuring HIV-positive Americans – including “The Voice” star Jamar Rogers, POZ magazine editor Regan Hoffman and HIV advocate Hydeia Broadbent.
Ads will be marketed in 27 cities across the country, the CDC says. The first round of ads began airing in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Washington, D.C., this week.
Many of Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS organizations will host free HIV screenings and offer other tests Wednesday, June 27, to mark National HIV Testing Day.
First held in 1995, National HIV Testing Day is organized by the National Association of People with AIDS with the goal of increasing HIV/AIDS awareness and test rates across the country. This is the campaign’s 19th year, and organizers hope that continued advocacy and awareness campaigns can increase testing on the local level by 10 percent across the board.
Frank Oldham, the president of the NAPWA, said National HIV Testing Day is important because it was the first AIDS awareness day.
AID Atlanta, one of the city's largest providers of HIV testing and treatment, will offer free HIV tests in locations throughout Atlanta to mark National HIV Testing Day on Sunday, June 24, and Wednesday, June 27.
The first stop will be June 24 at Piedmont Park (12th Street entrance) from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. On the 27th, AID Atlanta will camp outside Underground Atlanta from 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free tests will also be available during the day at AID Atlanta's offices (1605 Peachtree St. NE) and at the Latin American Association headquarters (2750 Buford Hwy NE).
Georgia was among the top states to report new HIV infections in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Some 1,300 people are diagnosed each year in the Peach State, CDC numbers show.
The latest numbers are staggering: 61 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S. are among gay and bisexual men, although this population accounts for only 2 percent of the country’s population, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Among black gay and bisexual men, the numbers are even more dire, with the CDC reporting a 48 percent increase in new HIV infections ages 13-29 between 2006-2009.
But funding for HIV prevention and research for gay and bisexual men is about half what it should be, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, the CDC’s director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
Those working at the Names Project Foundation, home of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, get asked the same question over and over, according to staff member Jim Marks: “When is the Quilt going back to Washington, D.C.?”
A benefit on Saturday, March 31, at Mixx will benefit “Quilt in the Capital 2012,” also coincides with the Quilt’s 25th anniversary.
The event is hosted by Ms. Patty Cakes and will include an appearance and performance by Bubba D. Licious, Marks’ alter-ego. It features a silent auction, personal quilt stories and a display of quilt panels.
On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is pressing for an end to a health epidemic that disproportionately affects African Americans.
According to the CDC, African Americans make up just 14 percent of the total U.S. population, but account for nearly half of all HIV/AIDS cases in the country.
At current infection rates, one in 16 African-American men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, and one in 32 African-American women will contract the virus.
Many factors account for such a high rate among African-Americans, but more resources are available now than ever before, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.