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The topic this Wednesday March 6, 2013 is Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.    I’m basing this on the 2012 HIV Treatment Guide in HIV Plus Magazine, July/August 2012 issue, page 22.   Click Here

We will discuss Acupuncture, Chinese Bitter Melon, Collodial Silver, Manganese, Massage, Vitamins, Prayer, Reflexology, Yoga, Zinc and others you may tried.

Steve

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Tuesday, September 18, is the fifth annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD). Led by The AIDS Institute and other national partners, NHAAAD focuses attention on the needs of people ages 50 and older living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, from prevention and testing to treatment and care. Related events will take place nationwide to promote this awareness day.

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High Viral Loads Linked to HIV Risk Among Black MSM

The high HIV incidence among black men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States may be explained, at least in part, by the finding that HIV-negative black MSM, compared with white MSM, are more than twice as likely to encounter a sex partner who can transmit HIV if safer sex practices are not followed.

The incidence and prevalence of HIV among black MSM, particularly young black MSM, continue to be disproportionately high compared with those among MSM of other races or ethnicities. Yet in studies, black MSM consistently report the same or lower levels of sexual- or drug-using risk behaviors as other MSM.

The researchers created a tool—transmission potential prevalence, or TPP—to calculate how many black and white MSM participating in the study were both HIV positive and had viral loads high enough to pass it on to others.

HIV prevalence was 42 percent in the black group compared with 14 percent among the white MSM.

Incidence (new HIV cases) in the study was found to be 6.4 cases per 100 person-years among those in the black MSM group, compared with 1 case per 100 person-years in the white MSM group. “In other words, if we had 100 HIV-negative black MSM, one year later we would see six cases develop, while among 100 white [MSM] we would see one case develop over the course of a year.”

By expanding the parameters to include everyone—undiagnosed as well as diagnosed—the researchers found 25 percent of the black MSM were both HIV positive and had viral loads above 400, as compared with 8 percent among the white participants.

Translating these data into the probability of encountering a sex partner who is capable of transmitting HIV, the study found that black MSM faced a 39 percent chance that at least one partner has transmission potential, compared to 18 percent among white men at the same risk behavior level.
Rosenberg explained what this means: “To have a 50 percent chance of acquiring HIV, a black MSM needs just three partners, compared to seven for white MSM. To reach a 90 percent risk of HIV, a black man would need 10 partners, compared to 25 for white MSM.”

The researchers conclude that HIV prevention approaches that rely solely on changing risk behavior will not work to eliminate racial disparities.

They recommend that new resources aimed at preventing transmission be focused on communities with a high TPP, and that viral load measurements be incorporated into HIV surveillance measures in a manner that accounts for TPP.

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The topic this Wednesday is The History of   HIV and Stigma.    I’m going to do the presentation that I did at NOVA last week and then we will discuss the topic.

Steve

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The topic this Wednesday is The History of   HIV and Stigma.    I’m going to do the presentation that I did at NOVA last week and then we will discuss the topic.

Steve

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1993 World AIDS Day

Dec. 1st is World AIDS Day   Our topic for this date is

“Why is World AIDS Day important to you?”
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

The first World AIDS Day was held on December 1, 1988.
The CDC estimates 1.2 million people in the United States (US) are living with HIV infection. One in five (20%) of those people are unaware of their infection.

Although the annual number of new HIV infections in America (50,000+ per year) has remained relatively stable, it is far too high with all the knowledge we have of how to prevent infection.

In 2009, an estimated 34,247 people throughout the US (50 states and the District of Columbia) were diagnosed with AIDS.

Over the last ten years, the number of AIDS deaths in the United States has continuously remained at 14,000 to 22,000 per year despite the drugs we have to prevent most of those deaths.

Since the beginning of the epidemic in 1981, nearly 600,000 Americans have died from AIDS.

What does World AIDS Day mean to you

Tony will be Moderator for this topic, so come out and support him

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1993 World AIDS Day

Dec. 1st is World AIDS Day   Our topic for this date is

“Why is World AIDS Day important?”
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

 

The first World AIDS Day was held on December 1, 1988.
 

The CDC estimates 1.2 million people in the United States (US) are living with HIV infection. One in five (20%) of those people are unaware of their infection.

Although the annual number of new HIV infections in America (50,000+ per year) has remained relatively stable, it is far too high with all the knowledge we have of how to prevent infection.

In 2009, an estimated 34,247 people throughout the US (50 states and the District of Columbia) were diagnosed with AIDS.

Over the last ten years, the number of AIDS deaths in the United States has continuously remained at 14,000 to 22,000 per year despite the drugs we have to prevent most of those deaths.

Since the beginning of the epidemic in 1981, nearly 600,000 Americans have died from AIDS.

What does World AIDS Day mean to you

Tony will be Moderator for this topic, so come out and support him

 

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