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Author Topic: HIV is "out of control" in the United States  (Read 1371 times)

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Offline buginme2

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HIV is "out of control" in the United States
« on: November 30, 2011, 01:35:24 AM »
Some facts from this article.

240,000 people are infected with HIV in the US and dont know it.

Only 28% of people with HIV in the US have their infection under control which they define as <200.

Only 49% of those who know they are infected with HIV are receiving regular medical care.

77% of those who are receiving antiretroviral medications are able to reduce their viral loads to undetectable.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/238399.php

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Offline buginme2

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Re: HIV is "out of control" in the United States
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 01:39:51 AM »
I think one very telling and concerning thing about this article is that due to current budgetary constraints there are already some 8000(ish) people on waiting lists to receive ARV's  (and only 49% of HIV positive people are receiving ongoing medical care).  If the remainding 51% were to enter care, where is the money going to come from to start them on, and maintain them on therapy?  

I remember in grad school I had a professor who was a program manager for the Global HIV program at the Gates Foundation.  A section of that class dealt with HIV and he always said "Its impossible to treat your way out of the HIV pandemic, there will always be more people needing treatment that you can provide treatment too."  I always thought of this in the international sense, and not on the local scale.  This article shows that this is true for the US also.
« Last Edit: November 30, 2011, 02:07:19 AM by buginme2 »
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Offline Cliff

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Re: HIV is "out of control" in the United States
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2011, 02:16:01 AM »
Agreed.  I would like to know a bit more about those not on treatment (and why).  And what that actually mean (i.e., is someone who is receiving medical care but not yet requiring treatment, included in that stat.)  The stats are shocking, though.

Offline buginme2

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Re: HIV is "out of control" in the United States
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2011, 06:45:11 PM »
Better article than the one previously posted.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45478404/ns/health-aids/

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Re: HIV is "out of control" in the United States
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2011, 07:22:32 PM »
I'm surprised that Philadelphia isn't on that list. Stats last year showed us with a higher rate per capita than NYC. And certainly from a demographic angle in the context of the ten largest US cities we have a higher proportion of African Americans than those other cities (44% versus 25% in NYC) Atlanta and DC have slightly higher %'s of 50-55, but their population totals are half what ours are.

By the way, I often see great trouble in doing HIV infection statistics using city borders, as they are arbitrary political units -- for example cities outside of the northeast have a history of annexing more land, thus potentially deflating their numbers. Northeastern cities are more contained, so the numbers look larger. The better way to get a handle on the numbers is to use statistics from US census metropolitan defined areas.
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