Skip to comments.AIDS Infection Rate in U.S. Higher Than Previously Estimated
Posted on 08/02/2008 12:22:48 PM PDT by neverdem
Updated federal estimates of the annual number of new HIV infections in the United States, released today, reveal that while the AIDS epidemic here is worse than previously thought, prevention efforts appear to be having some effect.
Even though the number of Americans living with HIV has risen by more than a quarter million people since 1998 -- largely the result of life-extending antiretroviral drugs -- the number of new cases each year has declined slightly over that period. That suggests that a person's likelihood of transmitting the virus to someone else is substantially lower now than it was a decade ago.
The new, if indirect, evidence that prevention programs are paying off was one of the few encouraging findings in an update on the American AIDS epidemic released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the eve of the 17th International AIDS Conference, in Mexico City.
"Over 95 percent of people living with HIV are not transmitting to someone else in a given year," said David R. Holtgrave, an expert on AIDS prevention at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. "What that says is the transmission rate has been kept very low by prevention efforts."
Those include targeting public health messages to high-risk groups, promoting widespread AIDS testing, and getting quick medical care for newly diagnosed cases, which in most cases lowers the person's infectiousness.
The CDC spends about...
The epidemic in the black community is distinctly different from the national epidemic.
From 2001 to 2005, 38 percent of the new diagnoses in African Americans were in women, and 46 percent of new infections overall were from heterosexual contact. Among whites during the same period, 16 percent of new infections were in women, and 16 percent were from heterosexual transmission...
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I couldn't find anything new at JAMA. They need to find out what's happening with blacks. Is it immunological, or is it more "down low" behavior than they are willing to admit?
HIV and AIDS is only about behavior.
Minorities hit hardest looks to be true in this case.
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AIDS is the biggest public health scam in medical history. Like global warming, AIDS is being used to push a powerful leftist political agenda. For over two decades the Public Health Establishment has used your tax dollars and the full power of the federal government to wage a massive propaganda (and intimidation) campaign designed to (A) dupe the American public into believing that HIV is the cause of AIDS (B) scare the public into thinking "we are all at risk" (C) coverup the extreme toxicity of AIDS chemotherapy drugs (which are not just used on "fast-track" gays and junkies, but also given to pregnant mothers, infants, and children) (D) use this fear to push a leftist social agenda that includes socialized medicine, and the promotion of homosexuality and explicit sex "education" to tender-aged school children (E) use their "public health mandate" to bypass the authority of parents and local school boards who object to their social engineering schemes (F) create a massive federal bureaucracy encouraging the use of addictive drugs, to include prescription heroine (G) use threats and intimidation to silence dissenting scientists and to keep the press from covering the debate (H) and finally, to use AIDS as a model to push similar social agendas with respect to future epidemics.
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By that token, so are most diseases. You won't get tetanus if you avoid deep skin punctures, and you probably won't get the common cold if you avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently.
If HIV isn’t the cause of AIDS, then what is?
By correlation, does this mean there are more queers that reported?
How about an explanation in non-Layman’s terms?
If HIV is not the source of AIDS, then what is?
Because there are more homosexuals, bi-sexuals, and metrosexuals than previously estimated.
Looks like they are targeting the gay and intravenouses drug user communities,and yet the infections are higher,maybe those groups don't want to change their behavior.
“By that token, so are most diseases. You won’t get tetanus if you avoid deep skin punctures, and you probably won’t get the common cold if you avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently”
Maybe she should have said HIV and AIDS is about unnatural, abnormal, immoral, filthy, disease riddled behavior.
My son had to get stitches the other day for a skateboarding accident where sharp metal went through his calf. He’s out skateboarding right now with stitches in his leg. Tetanus shots up to date. Normal, natural childhood behavior.
How about an explanation in non-Laymans terms?...If HIV is not the source of AIDS, then what is?
I’m glad you asked. Prof. Peter Duesberg’s most recent paper on AIDS summarizes the evidence against the HIV/AIDS hypothesis, and points to the evidence the suggests the real cause(s) of AIDS.
It can't be.
I LOL’d when I first saw that too. LOLing again...GGG
You're most likely to get HIV through certain behaviors, but you can also get it from monogamous heterosexual sex, from blood transfusions, organ transplants, etc. I don't think it does anybody any good to pretend that everyone with HIV/AIDS has engaged in sodomy or drug use.
No, it is because the CDC is gearing up for the next big AIDS extravaganza and needs some alarmist news to make a headline and remind congressmen to vote them more funds. The tipoff is the false attribution of 16% to heterosexual activity. What they mean is 16% among heterosexual IV drug abusers.
That’s good answer. Wallow in filth and body fluids everyday, drink contaminated water and eat rotten food. It’s just six of one and half a dozen of the other.
Needle exchange is one thing. Show me prescription heroin.