The rate of Infections in the United States has been holding steady for the past 6 years, according to the Center for Disease Control, at 50,000 new infections each year, despite better treatment and prevention of the virus. It is most likely a fallacy of the younger generation to think that this illness is something of the past, that it is more of “an eighties disease”, but that is most certainly not the case. The CDC Report also found that minorities are at a higher risk, and that “urgent action” is needed in order to slow down the rate of infections.
African Americans represent almost half of new infections, at 44%, a vastly disproportionate number because they represent 14% of the United States population. The CDC has also announced that it’s new main goal will be to reduce new infections in the United States. Click on the link to read the full CDC report, and the New York Times article that appeared as well.
How are our nation’s political leaders addressing the issue? By proposing massive cuts to both domestic and global HIV/AIDS initiatives. In an effort to reduce the federal deficit, Republicans are proposing cuts to programs that would have severe ramifications around the world. Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of The AIDS Institute went on record saying “this reckless action will have long term impacts on the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV/AIDS and on efforts to prevent HIV infections in the future. In the long run, the costs to society and individual’s lives will be far greater than any short term savings” to the federal deficit. There are already over 6,000 people on the waitlist for the federal AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). Who knows what will happen if Republicans get their way. Food for thought.
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