Wednesday, November 30, 2011
There are approximately 1.2 million Americans with the HIV virus. Just yesterday, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a harrowing report stating that 1 in five people with HIV in the US are completely unaware that they have the devastating virus. Additionally, only half of the people who know they have HIV are receiving continuous medical care. This means that over 310,000 Americans living with HIV are not receiving the proper medical treatment and care to battle the disease.
Inner-cities are especially hit hard and need research and education more than ever. The CDC reports that groups (blacks and latinos) in these areas will more than likely see an increase in new HIV cases. In response, the CDC is launching an HIV testing campaign in the highest risk cities. These cities are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, New York City, Oakland, California and Washington, D.C. If the CDC really wants to educate and prevent these groups from these areas, they must coordinate an effort and enlist atheletes, musicians, teachers, churches, and most importantly schools.
We cannot afford to lose this battle against HIV. This especially hits home to me because the virus is decimating the black community. So, to all readers of TUP, please go get tested, please use protection, and please EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN!!!
1. Do you think the CDC, states and local governments are doing enough to battle HIV?
2. What efforts do you think could make a difference in the battle against HIV?
Posted by Old Guru at 7:54 AM