President’s Council Report Outlines New Strategy to Fight HIV; Song Benefits HIV/AIDS Treatment Group; Reports on Housing Benefits, HIV Prevention in ‘Second Wave’ Countries; Data on HIV-Related Hospitalizations
- "Achieving an HIV-Free Generation: Recommendations for a New American HIV Strategy," Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS: The themes included in the recommendations say that although every HIV-positive person in the U.S. should have access to treatment, the country should come to the realization that "[w]e will not treat our way out" of the epidemic. In addition, the goal of U.S. HIV/AIDS policy should be "zero infections," and every U.S. citizen should know their HIV status and pledge that "HIV stops with me" (Grogan et al., "Achieving an HIV-Free Generation: Recommendations for a New American HIV Strategy," December 2005).
- "Don't Give Up (Africa)," Keep a Child Alive: Bono and Alicia Keys collaborated on the single, which is a new interpretation of Peter Gabriel's "Don't Give Up." The proceeds will benefit Keep a Child Alive, which provides medicine to families with HIV-positive members (Los Angeles Times, 12/2).
- "Housing is the Foundation of HIV Prevention and Treatment," National AIDS Housing Coalition: The report finds that housing helps reduce HIV prevalence and increases access to care for HIV-positive people. The report recommends that all low-income people living with HIV/AIDS be provided subsidized, affordable housing and that housing interventions be integrated into HIV prevention and treatment programs (NAHC release, 11/30).
- "HIV Prevention in Complex, Macro-scale Societies," Center for Strategic and International Studies: The report from CSIS's Task Force on HIV/AIDS Working Committee on Prevention examines common themes and differences in the role of and hurdles to HIV prevention in China, India, Russia, Ethiopia and Nigeria, which have been identified as countries that have the potential to be the "second wave" of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The report says the way that the U.S. and other donors "address HIV prevention in these five countries ... will help determine the future course of the global epidemic" (Kates/Nieburg, "HIV Prevention in Complex, Macro-scale Societies," December 2005).
- Number of HIV-Related Hospital Admissions Hits Record Low in U.S., HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: The statistics released on Thursday show that a record low of 70,000 people in the U.S. were admitted to hospitals for HIV-related reasons, down from 149,000 in 1995. The percentage of AIDS patients who died in hospitals also dropped from 12.5% in 1995 to 8.5% in 2003 (AHRQ release, 12/1).