Posts Tagged ‘AIDS/HIV’

Michigan health depts targeting HIV-positive pregnant women unfairly, experts say

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by The American Independent 14 Comments

On World AIDS Day, President Barack Obama declared that America is on its way to defeating the global pandemic known as the AIDS virus. At an online conference Thursday, the President announced more funding ($50 million more) for HIV/AIDS treatment in the U.S. and a higher target goal for how many Americans will be on treatment by 2013 (6 million people). And while HIV patients and advocates welcome efforts to fight and treat the disease on a large scale, many agree that at the state and local levels, serious problems with treatment programs and the criminalization of HIV-positive individuals often go unaddressed. (more…)

Report: D.C. slows fight against AIDS

Posted on: March 8th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

The District of Columbia’s HIV/AIDS numbers are not looking good, and the city’s efforts to fight the rate of infection are even worse, according to a report to be released Tuesday, detailed this morning by The Washington Post. About 3 percent of D.C. residents have HIV or AIDS, the highest prevalence rate for any U.S. city.

The daily quotes from the report demonstrating how D.C.’s efforts to combat AIDS have slowed for the first time since 2005, while nonprofit DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice says the city has been doing poorly at illness-data tracking and managing grants to AIDS-aid groups. Last month PreventionWorks!, the district’s largest supplier of clean needles for more than 12 years, closed down, due to delays in city funds, dwindling private donations and a high turnover rate of managers, according to the Post.

A closing statement from the DC Appleseed board of directors said:

“Washington, DC has the highest rate of new AIDS cases in the country with an estimated 1 in 20 residents living with HIV. The CDC estimates that injection drug use has directly and indirectly accounted for more than one-third of AIDS cases in the United States. Over the past decade, PreventionWorks! has evolved from a needle exchange organization into a critical part of the District of Columbia’s HIV prevention strategy.”

According to the Post, DC Appleseed blames former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for dropping the ball toward the end of his term and tasks Mayor Vincent C. Gray with resuming the fight against AIDS. The mayor is scheduled to hold a news conference today before the 27-member commission on HIV/AIDS-prevention he appointed two weeks ago, of which he is also the chair.