Recent Releases: Updated HIV-Related Pediatric Care Recommendations; Chicago HIV Testing Practices; USDA Grant On Food Safety; New CDC Web Site On Prevention FundingCDC Report Includes Updated Recommendations For HIV-Related Pediatric Care
CDC's latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) includes updated guidelines for pediatricians and other health care professionals who care for children living with HIV or have been exposed to the virus. "The report provides recommendations for the most effective ways to diagnose, prevent and treat so-called 'opportunistic infections,' " according to MMWR. The guidelines were developed by officials from the CDC, the NIH, the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (8/26).
Study Looks At HIV Testing Attitudes, Practices Of Residents In Chicago Communities
A Journal of Community Health study looks at "local level HIV testing practices and attitudes regarding HIV prevention" in six Chicago communities. Based on a survey of 1,699 residents in 2002 to 2003, researchers found that "[a]dults in these areas are over three times more likely to have been tested [for HIV] recently than adults nationally." In addition, respondents favored needle exchange programs; HIV education and condom distribution in high schools; and HIV information in elementary schools. "Attitudes were less favorable regarding pharmacies selling clean needles
and condom distribution in elementary schools," according to the study. Researchers conclude that findings "may be valuable in planning HIV prevention programs and in shaping policy" (Allgood et al., 8/25).
USDA Gives University Of Illinois at Chicago Three-Year, $600K Grant To Educate People Living With HIV/AIDS On Food Safety (8/24)
- CDC Adds New Section To Web Site Showing HIV Prevention Funding Allocations By State (8/18)