Commentary & Opinion
"Not Surprising" That HIV/AIDS in U.S. Is "Worse Than Officials Had Expected," Opinion Piece Says
September 29, 2008
The HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. "from the beginning" has been "wrongly filtered through shifting public and political views that tried to focus blame or susceptibility on populations of people defined by social and demographic factors," physician and columnist Kate Scannell writes in a Contra Costa Times opinion piece. CDC last month "reported that it had significantly underestimated" annual new HIV infections in the U.S., Scannell writes, adding, "In that new infections are occurring disproportionately in our communities of color, the CDC's upwardly revised estimates" of new HIV infections "sound an alarming note." According to Scannell, what is "just as clear is that resources currently dedicated to changing that reality are woefully inadequate and not targeted at the heart of the problem." It is "not surprising" that the country's epidemic is "worse than officials had expected," Scannell writes, adding that the U.S. has become "grimly aware" that the virus "knows no racial boundaries."
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.