December 1st is World AIDS Day
On World AIDS Day in 2011, President Obama spoke broadly of an “AIDS-free generation
." How are we doing?
This week, Madame Secretary Clinton released a blueprint
(the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) that aims to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015, improve access to testing and treatment to reduce AIDS-related mortality and enhance HIV prevention, and increase the number of circumcised males.
Globally, 2011 saw an estimated 2.5 million people newly diagnosed with HIV and 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses, rates significantly decreased compared to figures from the previous decade.
United Nations 2012 World AIDS Day Report
United Nations World AIDS Day 2012 Fact Sheet
However, there are some parts of the world in which the rates of new diagnoses have risen, including Greece
, which saw a 35-fold increase in new cases of HIV in IV drug users, and 1049 new cases in the first 10 months of the year. Health care spending there has been cut because of the continuing fiscal crisis, and charities that serve populations affected by HIV have struggled to raise money.
Access to antiretroviral therapy is improving
globally, but there are still nearly 7 million people who are eligible for treatment and cannot access ARV medications (WHO 2011 statistics
On November 20, 2012, the United States Preventive Services Task Force released draft recommendations
stating that clinicians should routinely test people from ages 15 to 65 for HIV infection, as well as older patients who are determined to be at increased risk.
An unacceptable fraction of people infected with HIV don’t know they are infected. Do you know your status? If not, see where you can get tested here