Are A. I. D. S. epidemic deaths increasing at an increasing rate?
Jan 3, 1997
Are acquired immune deficiency syndrome epidemic deaths increasing at an increasing rate?
Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question.
When we're talking about AIDS, we're really seeing 2 different epidemics. One is in Western/Developed nations, and the other is in Third World nations.
In Western nations (including the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Australia etc.), the death rate is not increasing. This is due to better treatments (for example the new Protease Inhibitors), and earlier medical intervention. At this time, the number of new HIV infections is approximately equal to the number of deaths due to AIDS. Therefore, in this part of the world, at any one time, the number of cases of people infected with HIV is presently remaining about the same. The current overall case-fatality rate in the USA is 62.7 among adult AIDS cases, and 57.1 among pediatric (<13 years of age) AIDS cases. However, we are seeing some troubling new statistics of a resurgence of HIV in the Gay community. So I can't say what is going to happen in the years to come.
In Third World nations, the people in these countries (including African nations, Thailand, India, Vietnam etc.) do not have access to these new treatments and drugs. I'm not sure if the death rate is staying the same or increasing, but it is not decreasing. We are however seeing a large increase in the number of new cases in Africa and Asia. Unless new treatments become available to this part of the world, the death rate will remain higher than in Western nations.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- People From Which Age Group Are More Likely To Suffer From Opportunistic Infections
- Tested Hiv Negative After 4 Weeks
- What Percentage Of People In The Usa Have Bacterial Vaginosis?
- What Kind Of Doctor Treats Hpv?
- What Are The Ways You Can Catch Herpes?
- What Age Group Does Genital Warts Affect The Most?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.