Today is World AIDS Day

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Today is World AIDS Day observed. It’s difficult to believe today marks the start of the fourth decade of the epidemic. While much medical progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, the sobering fact is, the CDC estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States and one in five (21%) of those people living with HIV don’t know they’re HIV-positive.

Despite increases in the total number of people living with HIV in the U.S. in recent years, the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable which is a good thing. However, new HIV infections continue at a rate of 56,300 Americans each year.

While gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men represent the majority of people affected by HIV/AIDS, African-Americans who represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population account for almost half (46%) of people living with HIV in the U.S., and straight people account for 31% of new annual HIV infections and 28% of people living with HIV. These are truly staggering numbers.

In all, 33 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS. I had hoped President Obama would make finding a cure for HIV a centerpiece of his administration but alas, he prefers to squander the resources of this nation continuing George W. Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Shame on Mr. Obama.

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4 Responses to Today is World AIDS Day

  1. Brigadoon says:

    33 million people living with AIDS. I’m speechless. This is truly a global pandemic. Our country doesn’t do enough. Maybe one day we will have a president who makes finding cures for AIDS, cancer and diabetes his or her mission and not on being the world’s military bully? I can dream.

  2. Peace Nick says:

    We can and we must do more to find better treatments and a cure.

    If you stop to consider Afghanistan is costing the U.S. $8 billion a month or $96 billion a year, imagine if this sum were given to the NIH and private researchers to underwrite their research into cures for AIDS and a wide variety of diseases? It all comes down to leadership.

  3. Rachel says:

    I thought we would see more commitment from candidate-Obama to fight the terrible diseases that affect millions of Americans. But, he clearly wants his razor-thin legacy to be a “wartime president” in the Bush mold. Boy, were we ever duped.

  4. Randy Arroyo says:

    A cure, and not expensive treatment, is what’s needed in the fight against AIDS. I hope one day it happens. Too many people are suffering.

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