On April 16th, the CDC released new data about the rates of congenital syphilis (CS) and the trends are going totally in the wrong direction. Nearly 500 children were born in 2008 with a totally preventable life-threatening illness.
Syphillis is easily diagnosed and treated. Yet efforts to eliminate syphillis in specific geographic areas have failed because they ignored deep economic, social, and racial disparities that perpetuate the risks of infection and disease.
Significant progress has been made towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Over the last few years, instead of praising these achievements and reflecting on how we can use the model of AIDS treatment for other diseases, we have seen a “backlash” against the enormous efforts and in particular, the funding devoted to global AIDS.
Last week I attended a World AIDS Day Event at the World Bank. Yet despite the fact that in many countries young people are at greatest risk of HIV and there are 3 billion people under 25 worldwide, not one expert mentioned youth.
The guiding principle for global health donors of a more sustainable approach to fighting the AIDS epidemic should be that prevention and treatment for HIV/AIDS can no longer happen in isolation.
Known by most Americans for its gorgeous beaches and outstanding golf courses, South Carolina is unfortunately known to most public health professionals for its staggering rates of HIV and AIDS.
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An annual report on sexually transmitted diseases released today by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2008 adolescent girls 15–19 years of age had the largest reported number of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases when compared to any other age group.
South Carolina has consistently ranked in the top 10 for HIV/AIDS infection rates in the US. On Monday the White House Office of National AIDS Policy will hold a townhall in Charleston. Also watch our video report.
Thousands of Americans are in the nation’s capitol today to demand full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The National Equality March which is the brain child of San Francisco organizer Cleve Jones and media mogul David Mixner, will feature a march through the nation’s capitol, past the White House and conclude at the lawn of the Capitol building.