The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study Thursday, the results of which could indicate a “second-wave” AIDS epidemic, The Washington Post reported. Positive HIV status among young gay men has been rising 12% each year since 2001, the study showed, with the steepest increase among young black men. “These men represent a new generation that has not been personally affected by AIDS in the same way that their older peers have,” Richard Wolitski, acting director of HIV/AIDS prevention at the CDC, told the Post .
Health officials are trying to persuade doctors to offer HIV tests to nearly every patient in a New York City community hit harder than most by AIDS. Under a new program announced Thursday, officials have set an ambitious goal of testing a quarter million adults in the Bronx, one of five boroughs that make up New York City, within three years. ''We need every single individual to know their status,'' said Dr. Monica Sweeney, an assistant health commissioner who specializes in HIV prevention.
Doctors have long suspected that people with herpes are more likely to catch HIV. So they thought that by treating herpes, they could also cut a person's HIV risk.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, at the opening of a UNAIDS two-day meeting in the General Assembly, called for an end to all discrimination against people with HIV or AIDS, including travel restrictions imposed on them by some countries.
A report released by the World Health Organization/UNAIDS/UNICEF on Monday highlighted the importance of continuing to increase the number of people being treated with antiretroviral drugs as the number of people living with HIV/AIDS continues to rise.
More than 2,500 cyclists from 12 countries and 42 states left from San Francisco on Monday, beginning a seven-day, 545-mile bike ride to Los Angeles in support of AIDS/LifeCycle.
The head of Uganda's AIDS commission, Kihumuro Apuuli, claims that despite his belief that homosexuals are responsible for increasing the number of HIV infections in the country, they will not be targeted for treatment.
In 2003, the World Health Organization began its ambitious ''3 by 5'' initiative to treat AIDS, promising to put 3 million infected people worldwide on antiretroviral drugs within two years. According to a report issued on Monday, they finally succeeded last year. Despite missing their deadline, officials were upbeat. ''If every U.N. health target was met just two years late, the world would be a much better place,'' said Dr. Kevin De Cock, director of WHO's AIDS department.
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