Today, President Obama announced a new strategy for combating HIV/AIDS along with optimistic views on its effects. "The strategy sets a goal of reducing new infections by 25 percent over the next five years; getting treatment for 85 percent of patients within three months of their diagnosis; and increasing education about the virus, even in communities with low rates of infection" (Associated Press). The strategy finally comes after years of discussion and requires cooperation from the federal gov. down to the smallest parts of society. Thirty million dollars of the health care overhaul passed just this year will be allocated towards implementation of the new plan. Obama has made combating HIV/AIDS a priority as well as focusing public attention towards the growing epidemic.
The three primary goals of the strategy:
•Reducing the number of new infections;
•Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV;
•Reducing HIV-related health disparities.
US HIV/AIDS Facts:
- Black men and women account for 46% of people living with HIV, though they represent just 13% of the population.
- An estimated 20% of people infected with HIV do not know it.
- There is a new HIV infection every 9 1/2 minutes in the U.S.
- AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and is caused by HIV.
- An estimated 56,300 Americans are newly infected with HIV each year.
- There are approximately 1.2 million Americans who are living with HIV/AIDS.
- There is still no cure.