Federal health officials are revising their estimate of how many people are infected by HIV each year, and advocacy groups say the number could rise by 35% or more. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the numbers are not final and won't be released until early next year. The CDC has been estimating about 40,000 new HIV cases occur in the nation each year. At a national HIV prevention conference in Atlanta this week, however, advocates claimed the new estimate is 55,000 or higher.
President Bush urged Congress on Friday to approve an additional $30 billion for the global fight against AIDS over the next five years, and he announced he would visit Africa early next year to further highlight the need and his administration's efforts.
To launch a city-wide HIV/AIDS initiative in conjunction with World AIDS Day, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will take an OraQuick Advance rapid HIV test on Friday to encourage residents to learn their own HIV status.
Sex has overtaken drug use as the main cause of HIV infections in China, leading to worries the disease may spread outside high-risk groups and into the general population, according to experts and a report released Thursday.
Most Democratic presidential candidates support lifting a ban on federal funding for needle exchange as a way to protect public health, according to a questionnaire released Wednesday by a coalition working to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Washington, D.C., health officials report that the rate of HIV infection is the highest of any city in the country. Infants, older adults, women, and heterosexual men are becoming infected at epidemic pace.
A program developed by universities in Kenya and Indiana to fight AIDS in the African country has received a boost thanks to a $60 million U.S. federal grant.
The number of AIDS cases worldwide fell by more than 6 million this year to 33.2 million, global health officials in London said Tuesday. But the decline is mostly on paper. Previous estimates were largely inflated, and the new numbers are the result of a new methodology. They show AIDS cases in 2007 were down from almost 39.5 million last year, according to the World Health Organization and the United Nations AIDS agency. Although the decline is largely due to revised numbers, U.N. officials said it still showed the AIDS pandemic is losing momentum.
A woman in her 30s who is one of the four organ transplant patients infected with HIV and hepatitis was not told that the infected donor was high-risk, her attorney said.
The Department of Homeland Security announced proposed regulations Thursday purporting to offer a "streamlined," "categorical" waiver for HIV-positive visitors from other countries. However, by using this "streamlined" application process, applicants would have to also waive the possibility of any change in immigration status while in the U.S.