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New HIV/AIDS Challenges Facing America

March 8, 2002

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

Fact: Americans have become increasingly complacent about HIV and AIDS and the fact that it remains the leading cause of death for certain populations.

Fact: Fifty percent of all new HIV infections are in young people under the age of 24.

Fact: One-third of the 900,000 HIV-positive men and women living in the United States do not know their HIV status, and as a result are not benefiting from life-prolonging care and treatment.

Fact: A preliminary report from the CDC shows the number of new AIDS cases in the United States increased by 8 percent in 2001. States such as Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia experienced particularly significant increases in new AIDS cases last year.

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Fact: African Americans, Latinos and women are being disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Over 70 percent of all new HIV infections occur among African Americans and Latinos, yet they make up only 31 percent of the nation’s population.

Fact: Drug-resistant strains of HIV are beginning to show up in the newly infected -- making prevention for HIV positive individuals a critical part of our nation’s comprehensive prevention efforts.

Fact: Science-based comprehensive HIV prevention and tested public health risk reduction strategies, policies and resources are being attacked.

Fact: The smallpox vaccine currently being stockpiled by the U.S. government is not safe for individuals living with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV and cancer. An effective rapid response HIV test is also needed to aid in our nation’s bioterrorism preparedness efforts.

Fact: Many community-based AIDS service organizations have seen their charitable-related incomes decline as a result of the national shift in charitable giving -- putting at risk our nation’s comprehensive public health system and our ability to maintain or expand access to HIV/AIDS care.

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
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This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.
 
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