Noting that science has “brought a once-distant dream within reach,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday night pledged to eliminate HIV transmission within 10 years. “We have made incredible strides, incredible,” Trump said in the annual State of the Union address. “Together, we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond.” It’s a goal long sought by public health advocates. But even given the vital gains made in drug therapies and understanding of the disease over nearly 40 years, it is not an easy undertaking. “The reason we have an AIDS epidemic is not just for a lack of the medication,” said Dr. Kenneth Mayer, medical research director at the Boston LGBT health center Fenway Institute. “There are a lot of social, structural, individual behavioral factors that may impact why people become infected, may impact if people who are infected engage in care and may impact or affect people who are at high risk of HIV.” Health and … [Read more...] about Trump Pledges To End HIV Transmission By 2030. Doable, But Daunting.
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President Donald Trump plans to use Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to promise an end to the HIV epidemic in America, four individuals with knowledge of the planned remarks told POLITICO. Under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030. The strategy has been championed by top health officials, including HHS Secretary Alex Azar and CDC Director Robert Redfield. Story Continued Below While Trump’s plans for the address remain fluid — and one official cautioned that the speech is not finalized — HHS has pressed the White House to ensure the HIV strategy is highlighted on Tuesday night, said two individuals. The agency is also planning a broader rollout this week. An HHS spokesperson referred questions to the White House. A White House spokesperson declined to comment.More than 1 million Americans have HIV, according to the CDC, and about 40,000 … [Read more...] about Trump’s State of the Union pledge: Ending HIV transmissions by 2030
By Erin Allday Published 4:08 pm PDT, Friday, September 21, 2018 HIV health care provider, Hyman Scott, MD, checks the breathing of his patient, Richard Ramirez, 67, during a check up at the San Francisco General Hospital's Division of HIV/AIDS, Ward 86 in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. less HIV health care provider, Hyman Scott, MD, checks the breathing of his patient, Richard Ramirez, 67, during a check up at the San Francisco General Hospital's Division of HIV/AIDS, Ward 86 in San Francisco, ... more Photo: Mason Trinca / Special To The Chronicle San Francisco General Hospital's HIV/AIDS ward's RAPID Team gather for the weekly meetings in their office at the HIV Clinic Ward 86 at the San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. less San Francisco General Hospital's HIV/AIDS ward's RAPID Team gather for the weekly meetings in their office at … [Read more...] about New HIV cases hit record low, but disparities among groups are widening
By Dr. Mona Loutfy Special to the Star Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 When the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was identified more than 30 years ago, few people could imagine that those living with the virus could conceive healthy children. But thanks to progress and research, it’s now a reality. In my work as an infectious diseases specialist, I am referred patients specifically to go over pregnancy and parenting planning in the context of HIV. In Canada, the overall rate of HIV transmission from mother to baby is less than 0.5 per cent. That includes women who didn’t take therapy, became infected in pregnancy or were diagnosed late. Studies have shown that if a woman is on antiretroviral therapy and has a suppressed viral load before she becomes pregnant, the chance of her transmitting the virus to the baby is zero. Read more: Doctors’ Notes: Strengthen your brain with music or a second language Article Continued Below Doctors’ Notes: A … [Read more...] about Doctors’ Notes: Pregnancy planning for HIV-positive patients
While global incidence rates of HIV have declined notably in recent years, the virus that causes AIDS remains a major and, in some ways largely unmitigated, public health threat in some countries and regions. In a pair of new modeling studies, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with international colleagues, examined how policy reform in terms of drug decriminalization (in Mexico) and access to drug treatment (in Russia) might affect two regions hard hit by the HIV pandemic: Tijuana, Mexico and the Russian cities of Omsk and Ekaterinburg. In the most recent study, published August 16 in the journal Lancet Public Health, first author Annick Borquez, PhD, and senior author Natasha K. Martin, DPhil, in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and their collaborators evaluated the impact of public health-oriented drug law reforms on HIV incidence among people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico. In … [Read more...] about HIV and a tale of a few cities