On World AIDS Day, U.S. Progress Reports Are Mixed
For example, though diagnosis rates are down, these rates for certain demographics are going up. Also, of the 1.2 million Americans with HIV in 2011, just 40 percent said they were seeking medical care.
The Washington Post's Wonkblog:
AIDS Activists Cite A Milestone, But The Most Vulnerable Patients Are Left Behind
The HIV diagnosis rate dropped about 33 percent over a decade, from 24.1 per 100,000 population in 2002 to 16.1 per 100,000 in 2011. That's according to a recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found significant decreases in diagnosis rates for most demographics, ... However, diagnoses attributable to male-to-male sexual contact saw increases for nearly every group, with those 13-24 years old recording the largest increase. (Millman, 12/1)
An FDA panel will decide Tuesday whether to overturn a long-standing federal regulation regarding blood donation -
End Of Discriminatory Blood Ban Could Help Save Lives
A long standing federal regulation that many in the gay community say stigmatizes and discriminates against them could change. Members of the gay community, along with many others in the medical field, will gather in Washington on Tuesday to find out if the FDA panel will support the measure, ... When the rule was imposed in 1983, regulators wanted to prevent HIV from infecting the nation's blood supply at the time the disease was known as "gay-related immune deficiency." (Goldman, 11/2)