Reports Released on HIV/AIDS Programs in Resource-Limited Settings and HIV/AIDS Among Hispanics; Special JAMA Issue Includes HIV/AIDS-Related Articles, Commentaries and Editorials
- "From the Ground Up: Building Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Care Programs in Resource-Limited Settings," Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation: The three-volume publication provides guidance for health care workers, managers and policymakers on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment in resource-limited settings, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The publication includes contributions from more than 230 public health experts on their experiences, insights and recommendations for the international HIV/AIDS community. In addition, each chapter provides a comprehensive summary of crucial considerations for current and future HIV/AIDS programs (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Foundation release, 8/1).
- "The Crisis of HIV/AIDS Among Latinos/Hispanics in United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands" (.pdf), Latino Commission on AIDS: The report, released in advance of the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, says that Hispanics are the second most affected community of people living with HIV in the U.S. Despite representing only 15.3% of the U.S. population, Hispanics constituted 22% of the HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in 2006, Commission President Dennis de Leon said, adding that the situation had reached a "crisis level." According to de Leon, the commission will continue to advocate for all individuals to be tested for HIV, for culturally targeted services and for a "comprehensive response" to HIV/AIDS. In addition, de Leon called for the current and next U.S. presidential administration to formulate a "robust domestic AIDS agenda sensitive to the needs of all communities and relevant to the cultures of Hispanic communities." Guillermo Chacon, vice president of the commission, added that Hispanic communities need HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns in both Spanish and English and that outreach should extend to both rural and urban areas (Latino Commission on AIDS release, 7/30).
Theme Issue on HIV/AIDS, Journal of the American Medical Association: The Aug. 6 issue of JAMA includes articles, commentaries and editorials on HIV/AIDS, including a study from CDC providing new estimates of HIV incidence in the U.S. Other articles cover HIV-associated obesity, antiretroviral and anti-tuberculosis treatment, risk factors for HIV in Uganda and highly active antiretroviral therapy in injection drug users living with HIV. The issue also contains commentaries on HIV in Mexico, universal access to treatment and criminalization of HIV transmission, as well as an editorial on the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS (JAMA, 8/6).