Two thirds of HIV victims in U.S. are untreated

Only about a third of those in the U.S. with HIV are getting treated says the Centers for Disease Control.

In addition, large numbers, some 240,000 of the 1.2 million in the U.S. with HIV, are unaware that they have the virus.

Awareness of infection and early treatment, doctors say, is essential to reducing new infections and eventually eliminating the illness. In a speech to the National Institute of Health Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently called for efforts to create an "AIDS-free generation."

Clinton in Burma at the Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness said assistance to poverty-stricken populations around the world with HIV should be a worldwide national security priority.

The new Centers for Disease Control data suggests there is much cause for concern on this score in the U.S.

In raw numbers, 28 percent of HIV carriers not receiving treatment means that "about 850,000 Americans do not have the virus controlled," Dr. Thomas Frieden said during a media teleconference," according to NPR.

A high percentage of those not receiving treatment are young Black and Latino men.

Receiving anti-retroviral drugs is key not only to better health but also preventing new infections. "There's new hope today for stopping HIV in the U.S.," according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"Medicines (antiretroviral therapy or ART) can lower the level of virus in the body. ART helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others."

According to NRP receiving anti-retrovirals "makes treated people much less likely to infect others - 96 percent less likely." A study last spring produced these encouraging results.

The new data suggests the urgent need for stepped up efforts to provide treatment for those most in need. Today "young Black men who have sex with men are the only group in the United States who are currently experiencing an increase in new HIV infections," says the CDC's Kevin Fenton. A quarter of all new infections are among teen-aged African Americans.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for routine testing of teenagers.

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  • Thank you Joe Sims for this timely article, dated one day before World Aids Day.
    Thank you for highlighting the conditions and health of the least among us, for certainly this is tied into the health and life conditions of us all.
    As capitalism has gone wild selling the very bodies of people for untold profit, selling sex through "call boys","call girls", drugs, alcohol, visual imagery, "entertainment", surgery, the "night life", "toys",the organized crime of gambling, and outright sex slavery of peoples of color, leaving a horrible stench, which results in the zombie deaths of millions of people by HIV and Aids infection-without treatment.
    Side by side, syphilis, gonorrhea, HPV, chlamydia, and a host of other sexually related infections, weaken human immune systems and allow entry of the HIV virus in our bodies-the bodies of the poorest sectors of workers.
    The poor, exploited and oppressed are disproportionately victimized. Often these are those of us of more direct African descent. This victimization as capitalism marches toward extinction, amounts to genocide against those whose blood, sweat and tears, are responsible for the predominance of capital over labor, by their unpaid labor, and begs that voting labor halt this predominance and claim the control the blood, containing the dreadful HIV/Aids virus, for treatment and prevention, to along with Secretary of State Clinton support efforts to effect an "Aids free generation".
    Many say that as long as capitalism sells sex, as it defines and defiles it, with its attendant deaths and genocide, its by-products of ill-health, in its millions and millions of forms-we can only have empty dreams of an "Aids free generation".

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 12/01/2011 11:36am (3 years ago)

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