|[July 17, 2014]
AHF: U.S. AIDS Strategy Falling Short
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
A new UNAIDS
report released yesterday ahead of the 20th
International AIDS Conference, which convenes next week in
Australia, shows that the U.S. is lagging in the overall global battle
against HIV and AIDS and shows that U.S. infection rates are double that
of Western Europe and other wealthy nations.
The disheartening statistics underscore the need for a total overhaul of
the U.S. approach to testing, linkage and access to care and treatment,
and prompted officials from AIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to call for immediate and dramatic
changes in the United States' approach to its handling of its epidemic.
An article in the Miami Herald (July 17, 2014, by John Zarocostas
McClatchy Foreign Staff) on the U.N. report headlined, 'U.N.
report: U.S. losing battle against HIV,' noted that, "…inadequate
treatment and a drop-off in awareness [are] among the reasons the U.S.
carries a disproportionate share of HIV and AIDS cases among wealthy
"We simply cannot achieve global AIDS control and halt the spread of the
virus without a radical overhaul of how we approach HIV testing, linkage
and treatment access-and nowhere is this more apparent and more needed
than in the U.S., which is falling woefully short in its handling of its
portion of the global AIDS epidemic," said Michael Weinstein,
President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.�"Massive-and innovative-scale
up of testing and linkage to care and treatment must now be the order of
the day in the U.S. as well as around the globe."
The Miami Herald article also noted, 'The report by UNAIDS, the
agency that monitors HIV and AIDS throughout the world, said the United
States accounted last year for 54 percent of the estimated 88,000 new
HIV infections in Western and Central Europe and North America, and 69
percent of the 27,000 AIDS-related deaths in those areas. The report
blames the high death rate in the United States on "late diagnosis of
HIV, poor treatment adherence and high levels of early treatment
discontinuation." For comparison,
Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany each accounted for 2 percent of
the 27,000 deaths.' (Link to a bar
graph offering a comparison of the HIV Care Continuum in the US
versus the U.K.)
"We need a radical rethinking of how the U.S. handles AIDS here at
home," added Weinstein.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to nearly
315,000 individuals in 34 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org,
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