Articles on HIV Prevention in U.S.; KNOW HIV/AIDS Launches ‘The Know is Spreading’ Campaign; Fact Sheet on Number of HIV/AIDS Cases in Hurricane-Affected Areas
- "Families Living With HIV," AIDS Care: M.J. Rotheram-Borus and colleagues from the University of California-Los Angeles write that the HIV/AIDS epidemic's early focus on individuals has become "inadequate" and that family-based models of detection, prevention and treatment services are needed. The authors add that such models need to address families' "basic needs" of security and survival in order to be employed and maintained over time (Rotherram-Borus et al., AIDS Care, November 2005).
- "What Works, and What Remains to be Done, in HIV Prevention in the United States," Annual Review of Public Health: David Holtgrave of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and James Curran of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University write that HIV prevention programs have prevented hundreds of thousands of HIV cases in the U.S. and have saved money in terms of averted medical costs. However, they say prevention efforts have been hindered by a lack of funding, imperfect targeting strategies and policy barriers that prevent the use of some effective interventions (Holtgrave/Curran, Annual Review of Public Health, 9/22).
- "The Know is Spreading," KNOW HIV/AIDS: The Know is Spreading campaign is the latest installment in the KNOW HIV/AIDS multimedia public education initiative, which is produced by a partnership between Viacom and Kaiser Family Foundation to normalize HIV testing as part of routine health care. KNOW HIV/AIDS collaborated with a group of New York- and Tokyo-based artists called The Barnstormers to transform a Philadelphia city block into a temporary mural encouraging young people to learn about and get tested for HIV. A new Web site, spreadtheknow.com, features the work of the artists as well as interactive content, including a virtual graffiti wall where users can create their own artwork. The original artwork and its creators, who worked with ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, are featured in the campaign's latest television, radio and outdoor public service advertisements (Kaiser Family Foundation release, 9/27).
- "Assessing the Number of People with HIV/AIDS in Areas Affected by Hurricane Katrina," Kaiser Family Foundation: More than 21,000 people with HIV/AIDS were estimated to be living in the disaster-affected counties of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast region. The fact sheet provides the latest county-level data on the number of HIV-positive people in the hardest-hit areas of these three states, as well as information on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program for each state (Kaiser Family Foundation fact sheet, September 2005).