HIV/AIDS News Digest: August 18, 2011
August 18, 2011
Here is a quick look at a few HIV/AIDS stories recently reported in the media:
Researchers from several universities, including the University of California, San Diego, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Washington, found that even though antiretrovirals have improved health outcomes overall, people living with HIV still experience depression and have suicidal thoughts. The AIDS Beacon reported that the researchers looked at the "lifetime rate of suicidal behavior" of 1,500 U.S. patients and found the following:
Depression and mental issues are not new concepts for the HIV community. This is why the researchers of this study hope that doctors are more vigilant about diagnosing and treating depression in their HIV-positive patients.
This article, which was published on The Grio, NBC's news site geared for African Americans, focuses on how more black churches must step up and cease moralizing with regard to certain behavior that leads to increased rates of HIV infection among African Americans. The church, which is one of the most powerful and influential social institutions in the black community, could serve as the knowledge broker of the epidemic. And while there are some black churches that have stepped up, there is still a lot of stigma and ignorance that remains unchecked -- and some community members are getting fed up.
David Malebranche, an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University, believes that in order to make progress, more churches need to talk about sexuality and normalize sexuality. The Grio reported:
"The church does not even talk about sexuality. To leap frog to homosexuality is a challenge," said Malebranche whose research explores the reasons behind the HIV racial disparity in the Black community. "Are people going to be honest about sexuality and how they are going to express their sexuality in a church setting?"
A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis finds poverty, unemployment and a lack of education to be strong factors for HIV among heterosexuals. It found the HIV rate among low-income heterosexuals to be 10 to 20 times higher than among all U.S. heterosexuals. This finding comes from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, based on data collected from 14,837 people in 24 metropolitan areas with high HIV prevalence.
What's interesting about the finding is that, "The link was independent of traditional HIV risk factors among heterosexuals, such as use of crack cocaine and exchanging sex for money or drugs." Moreover, race and ethnicity did not play a significant role in HIV rates among low-income heterosexuals, despite national HIV rates among blacks being eight times more than that in whites, and rates among Latinos being three times more than in whites.
According to MedPage Today, the specific rates were as follows:
Now that we have factors aside from race, drug use and sex work, experts are hopeful we can take these findings to strengthen prevention efforts.
Other HIV/AIDS Articles in the Media
BMS Selects 2011 "Fight HIV Your Way" Contest Winners (From a BMS press release)
Exercise Guidelines Published for People With HIV Over 50 (From AIDSmeds.com)
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Warren Tong is the research editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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