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HIV Tracking Method Made More Accurate...

Intensified Screening The CDC has been working towards screening an extra 20 million people every year in order to achieve earlier diagnosis of infections with HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. With earlier identification of infections, people can begin to receive treatment at a stage when further progress into AIDS can still be prevented. In the absence of treatment, usually with special anti-AIDS drugs, the HIV-infected individual may experience the onset of AIDS only about 10 years later. Not only that, an HIV-positive person unaware of the condition is three times more likely to transmit HIV than one who is aware. HIV Incidence Rate Readjusted The CDC also reported that 56,300 new people each year are infected...

HIV Tracking Method Made More Accurate
posted on: Nov 30, 2012 | author: Staff writer

Why AIDS Test Advice Is Being Ignored

The CDC says that testing and early detection can help save lives. Despite this CDC recommendation, barely 1 in 20 patients showing signs of serious illness are tested in hospitals and emergency rooms. Despite the life-threatening nature of HIV, the failure to do routing testing causes it to be under-diagnosed and, consequently, undertreated. One significant observation was that clinicians have not followed the recommendation. There are various reasons advanced by the researchers for this failure. There often are issues regarding payments and reimbursements, availability of counseling services, and informed consent, according to the results of several studies presented. One survey on a Cleveland-based emergency department was particularly revealing. * Of 34 staff members who took part (including 5...

Why AIDS Test Advice Is Being Ignored
posted on: Nov 1, 2012 | author: Staff writer

AIDS Scare Hits Missouri School

Health officials had learned of the possible outbreak from a person who tested positive for HIV. They are barred from giving more information on the person’s identity and how the exposure might have occurred. They would not say whether the HIV-positive person was a student or connected in some way with the school. They did say the infected person said that as many as 50 students may have been exposed. The possibilities for exposure include intravenous drug use, piercings, tattoos, and sexual activity. School district officials have sought assistance from national AIDS organizations to help minimize the negative impact and possible stigma on the students and to prevent further infections from spreading. There are 1,300 students at Normandy...

AIDS Scare Hits Missouri School
posted on: Oct 26, 2008 | author: Staff writer

HIV Infections Up in Injection Drug Users...

There were 148 countries with significant populations of injecting drug users (IDU) and 120 of them (82 percent) had HIV positives among their IDUs. This marked an increase from a similar study in 1998 which identified 129 countries having IDUs and 103 of them (79 percent) having HIV infected individuals among the IDUs. The study was carried out by international experts affiliated with the United Nations reference group on HIV and Injecting Drug Use. The experts systematically analyzed the data and findings from various peer-reviewed studies covering people aged 15-64 years. The results showed great variation among countries. There were nine nations where the proportion of HIV infected people to the total number of IDUs exceeded 40 percent:...

HIV Infections Up in Injection Drug Users
posted on: Sep 28, 2008 | author: Staff writer

HIV Conference Highlights Prevention

The head of the World Health Organization China unit emphasized that health officials of all countries — the U.S. included — have to accept there have been setbacks in HIV prevention among gay men. There is a need for health authorities to engage this group in all efforts to combat HIV. The presidents of Mexico and St. Kitts and Nevis, along with the former president of Botswana, all appealed for ending discrimination against gay men. Gay populations have been disregarded by many HIV prevention programs over the last quarter century largely because of discrimination and, in the case of several countries, outright criminalization. The UNHIV executive director said that homosexual activity in many nations is against the law....

HIV Conference Highlights Prevention
posted on: Aug 4, 2008 | author: Staff writer

HIV/AIDS Diagnoses on the Rise

The CDC report is the result of a study that monitored reports of HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 33 states during the period. A total 214,379 diagnoses were documented and nearly half of them — 46 percent — involved men who have sex with men or MSM. [The term “men who have sex with men” is used by epidemiologists because the individuals involved do not always identify themselves as being homosexual or gay.] The MSM group was the only high-risk category to register increased numbers in HIV/AIDS diagnoses during the period. All other groups — heterosexuals who engage in high-risk sex, users of injection drugs (IDUs), and MSMs who are also IDUs — actually reflected decreases. Perhaps the most alarming...

HIV/AIDS Diagnoses on the Rise
posted on: Jun 27, 2008 | author: Staff writer