Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summary of: "New H.I.V. Cases Steady Despite Better Treatment"

On the Connexions website there is a page where you can look at articles in chronological order of their publication. That is where I stumbled upon the New York Times article entitled, New H.I.V. Cases Steady Despite Better Treatment by Donald G. McNeil Jr.

For the last decade in the United States the number of people infected by Aids has remained at about "50, 000". This article states that gay men, and more specifically young black gay men are increasingly suffering from this epidemic.

The problems that are rising as a result of the above facts are that people think there is a lack of government prevention; if the prevention that exists doesn't improve than the epidemic will worsen; and the "stigma" that is still tied to Aids correlates with its growth.

I am unable to site the radio station but yesterday on news it said a man who had given Aids to women and is being imprisoned for it wanted to get, "H.I.V. infected" tattooed on both his wrists. The Judge did not, and would not approve this. I don't see how this tattoo would be a positive statement. What is the reasoning behind it? He is being convicted for passing this infection without informing the women he was sleeping with, and so would the tattoo be a way to tell them? That just isn't right.

This article takes an interesting turn when it compares the death rate due to other accidents, and health care issues. For example,

"Philip Alcabes, a public health epidemiologist at Hunter College in Manhattan, noted that 50,000 is close to the number of Americans who die in road accidents each year — almost 40,000 — 'and in some ways, we consider dying on the road an ordinary thing.'”

When it comes to heart disease and strokes the numbers worsen; and nearly 1 million Americans die per year. It is not to say which death is worse, but it does prove a logical point. I do agree that it must be the stigma of Aids that makes it seem worse than a fatal car crash. You would assume that Aids is more preventable than a road accident.

McNeil examines the main group who suffers from Aids, as mentioned above young black homosexuals. The explanation tied to this research is the lack of health insurance, and the lack of tolerance from family/friends for homosexuals. If an individual is keeping their sexual preference a secret McNeil states that, "[...] it [is] more likely they will have furtive, risky sex".

This article examines other ways that Aids can be contracted such as through breast feeding, or the ingesting of drugs such as Oxycontin & needle sharing. It states that those numbers have decreased as well as those who have taken antiretroviral drugs at an early age. You can read more here.

It is said that San Francisco, and Vancouver (Canada) have reduced Aids infection rates. The article snarkily remarks that the U.S. cannot benefit from the way in which Vancouver reduced it's numbers,

"Vancouver’s success relies partly on
a government-approved center where drug addicts can shoot up under the eyes of a nurse and without fear of arrest — an experiment unlikely to be repeated in the United States".

The above statement is one of the last ideas of the article. This article does not provide a way in which the numbers can be reduced in America, but it does provide informational links in relation to the facts it states and is a good source for a current update of Aids in America.

1 comment:

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