STATE OF THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC IN CHARLESTON

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "STATE OF THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC IN CHARLESTON"

Transcription

1 STATE OF THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC IN CHARLESTON 12/1/2015 A Crisis Among Lowcountry Youth The Charleston region is facing a serious issue of rising HIV rates, particularly among those under the age of 30. Prepared by Lowcountry AIDS Services aids-services.com

2 State of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Charleston A C R I S I S A M O N G L O W C O U N T R Y Y O U T H Lowcountry AIDS Services (LAS) is nonprofit organization serving men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. LAS provides case management, access to medical care, housing assistance, financial assistance, nutritional assistance and legal assistance along with an array of other supportive services to hundreds in the Charleston area. LAS also works to prevent this epidemic through education, media campaigns, community outreach and free, daily HIV/STD testing. For more information, visit aids-services.com. A H I V C R I S I S A M O N G O U R Y O U T H The Charleston region is facing a serious issue of rising HIV rates, particularly among those under the age of 30. Lowcountry AIDS Services is reporting a higher rate of new HIV infections in 2015 over the previous four years. And what s most alarming is that the majority of these new infections are in teenagers and young adults. In 2014, the largest number of HIV/AIDS cases in South Carolina were in those ages 13 to 29 (46%). It s important our community let that number sink in: almost half of the HIV/AIDS cases last year were in people under the age of 30. ₁ So far this year, the numbers don t seem to be improving. To date, Lowcountry AIDS Services has administered almost 1,500 HIV tests in the tri-county area. Of those, 37 have tested positive and the majority are young African-American men. Additional testing is being done daily and more positive tests are being recorded. In the last five years, Lowcountry AIDS Services is reporting its highest number of positive HIV tests: 37 in 2015 compared to 20 positive tests in Page 1

3 Charleston residents should be alarmed by this statistic. Young people are engaging in behavior that puts them at a higher risk for contracting HIV. In 2013, more than 47% of high school students in South Carolina reported having had sexual intercourse. Of those who are sexually active, 40.9% did not use a condom during their last sexual intercourse. ₂ There are a number of reasons for the rising rates of HIV infection among youth in the Charleston region as well as around the United States. Some of it is related to socioeconomic disparities and higher rates of poverty, particularly among African-American youth. Sex education is largely absent from South Carolina schools, which leaves young people learning about sex from their friends, the Internet and the media. In addition, because AIDS doesn t seem as scary as it once did, it s just not something young people think about. They don t fear it and don t think it will happen to them. It s also important to note the large number of sexually transmitted diseases among South Carolina s youth. Of the chlamydia cases reported in 2014 in South Carolina, 87% were among those 29 and younger. Of the reported gonorrhea cases, 80% were among those 29 and younger. ₁ What does the high number of STDs have to do with HIV? According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who have STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea are more likely to get HIV than people who do not have STDs. The same risky behaviors that put someone at risk for a STD also can put someone at a greater risk of contracting HIV. Plus, having a sore or break in the skin from a STD may allow HIV to more easily enter the body. ₃ ₁ South Carolina s STD/HIV/AIDS Data Surveillance Report December 31, ₂ S.C. Department of Environmental Control ₃ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention H I V I N T H E L O W C O U N T R Y: A H I S T O R Y For almost 25 years, Lowcountry AIDS Services has been in the trenches of the HIV epidemic. When the agency first started, AIDS was making headlines. The statistics were staggering, and those infected faced an almost immediate death sentence. It s been more than three decades since public health officials began tracking HIV cases in the United States. Since then, health researchers have been working to find a cure for AIDS and public health organizations like Lowcountry AIDS Services work to help those living with HIV/AIDS while also educating the public about the disease and preventive methods. ₁ Page 2

4 While no cure exists, the medical advances and introduction of antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s have made HIV a manageable illness. With proper treatment and medication, HIV patients can live out full and meaningful lives without the worry of an early grave hanging over their heads. In many ways, HIV/AIDS research has been a victim of its own success. In the 1980s and early 1990s, AIDS was the health-related cause of choice. Celebrities rallied around AIDS awareness, sporting red ribbons at awards shows and attending fundraisers. Thanks to those efforts, medical advancements were made and people were living longer and beginning to battle back HIV s progression to AIDS and early death. As the headlines faded and the red ribbons fell away, awareness about HIV/AIDS also took a backseat. The public heard less about AIDS so they cared less. Not because they were unsympathetic but rather apathetic because AIDS didn t seem like a big deal. And now in 2015, people often say, People still get AIDS? Yes, people still get HIV and AIDS. Every year about 50,000 people in the United States are newly infected with HIV a number that has remained steady for many years. Despite education and prevention efforts, the infection rates aren t dropping. ₂ In fact, the epidemic that was so widely publicized 30 years ago is still very much an epidemic today. And this epidemic isn t something that s occurring in third-world countries or only in major U.S. cities like New York and Los Angeles. This epidemic is taking hold right here in South Carolina and the Charleston region. According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, as of December 2014, 16,222 people were reported living with HIV/AIDS in South Carolina. It s estimated there are another 18% more who are unaware of their HIV diagnosis. New data shows South Carolina had an 8.3% increase of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases in 2013 and 2014 compared to the previous years. The Charleston/North Charleston metro area ranks 31st among all U.S. metro areas for the highest rate of new HIV infections. Those numbers are trickling down into the Charleston region as well. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Charleston as an emerging community, defined as a metropolitan area for which there has been at least 500, but fewer than 1,000, AIDS cases reported to and confirmed by the CDC during the most recent five calendar years for which such data is available. ₃ According to the CDC, the Charleston/North Charleston metropolitan area ranks 31st among all U.S. metropolitan areas for the highest rate of new HIV infections in ₃ But when you look at the number of AIDS cases in 2013 in U.S. metro areas, Charleston drops to a ranking of 19th. That speaks volumes about the lack of medical access in our community. A person living with HIV Page 3

5 who doesn t have access to quality care or who isn t able to afford medication is more likely to develop AIDS. ₄ Enrolling individuals in health insurance plans or securing medical treatment provided by initiatives like the Ryan White Program are just the first step toward helping those who test positive for HIV. Housing, jobs, stability, mental health, support networks all of these are contributing factors to healthful outcomes for Lowcountry AIDS Services clients and all areas that agency focuses upon for each client. ₁ The AIDS Institute ₂ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ₃ HIV Surveillance Report (An area will remain an emerging community unless it fails to meet both of the following requirements for three consecutive fiscal years: (a) a cumulative total of at least 500 but fewer than 1,000 cases of AIDS reported to and confirmed by the director of CDC during the most recent period of five calendar years for which such data are available, and (b) a cumulative total of 750 or more persons living with HIV infection ever classified as AIDS reported to and confirmed by the director of CDC as of December 31of the most recent year for which such data are available.) ₄ South Carolina s STD/HIV/AIDS Data Surveillance Report December 31, M O V I N G F O R W A R D I N Looking at these sobering statistics, it is clear the work being done at Lowcountry AIDS Services is critical to combating this epidemic. Here s what Lowcountry AIDS Services is doing in the coming year to increase its prevention and education services: Lowcountry AIDS Services will continue to offer free HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at its location in North Charleston. Testing is confidential and results are delivered in about 20 minutes. Lowcountry AIDS Services also does on-site testing in the community, including at local colleges. Provide critical case management services to those living with HIV. By helping people get proper medical care and adhere to their treatment and medication schedules, clients can become contributing members of our community. Connecting those who are newly diagnosed with HIV to care as well as working to reconnect those who have fallen out of care and still need medical treatment and help. Community outreach and education are key components of Lowcountry AIDS Services mission. It is imperative our community understands the severity of this disease. It can impact anyone of any race, sex, age or sexual orientation. Page 4

6 State of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Charleston Breaking down the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS is critical to preventing the spread of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in eight people living with HIV does not know they are infected, which means they are potentially spreading the disease to others. Often people are too ashamed to get a HIV test. They would rather not know than face the stigma of this illness. Lowcountry AIDS Services is working tirelessly to sign up clients for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. In 2015, the agency enrolled 55 clients in a health care plan, and the goal is to enroll more than 70 clients in Helping clients continue to reduce their viral loads through access to health care, services and sustainable living situations, which helps lead to reduced transmission rates in our community. Expanded outreach to the most affected subsects of our community that have the highest HIV infection rates, including men who have sex with men (MSMs), African Americans and Latinos. Lowcountry AIDS Services will continue to work with community partners like the Medical University of South Carolina, Roper St. Francis, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and Lowcountry Infectious Diseases & Infusion Center to not only treat individuals living with HIV but also create new educational and preventive initiatives. W H AT C A N T H E C H A R L E S T O N C O M M U N I T Y D O? It s easy to read information and statistics like this and think there s no way to make an impact. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there are many ways businesses, individuals and organizations can play a role in reducing HIV infection rates in our community, protecting our youth, ending the apathy surrounding AIDS and eliminating the stigma associated with the disease. Invite Lowcountry AIDS Services to your work, organization, school, church or civic group for a presentation on HIV education and prevention. Request safe sex packets from Lowcountry AIDS Services. The agency has educational materials and condoms available for free. Encourage local school districts to teach comprehensive sex education. It is important to teach abstinence as the foul-proof way to avoid STDs and unwanted pregnancies. Yet statistics tells us teenagers are choosing to have sex anyway so arming them with all the information abstinence and sex safe behaviors is critical. Get a HIV test. More than half of all Americans have never had a HIV test. ₁ The first step toward reducing HIV infection rates is stopping the spread of the illness that means people need to know if they are infected so they can not only get proper treatment but also take precautions so they don t spread the disease to others. Arm yourself with the facts. HIV can t be spread through toilet seats and drinking glasses. HIV/AIDS doesn t discriminate on the basis of race or socioeconomic status. While some groups may indeed face a higher risk, anyone who has unprotected sex or uses intravenous drugs is at risk. Page 5

7 Support the work of Lowcountry AIDS Services. Whether it s volunteering, financial donations or simply talking about the agency s work, you can be an advocate for change. ₁ Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet: HIV Testing in the United States TA B L E S / C H A R T S Positive HIV tests (data includes only those tests administered by LAS) Page 6

8 Page 7

9 Source: South Carolina s STD/HIV/AIDS Data Surveillance Report December 31, Page 8

10 HIV Surveillance Report (An area will remain an emerging community unless it fails to meet both of the following requirements for three consecutive fiscal years: (a) a cumulative total of at least 500 but fewer than 1,000 cases of AIDS reported to and confirmed by the director of CDC during the most recent period of five calendar years for which such data are available, and (b) a cumulative total of 750 or more persons living with HIV infection ever classified as AIDS reported to and confirmed by the director of CDC as of December 31of the most recent year for which such data are available.) Page 9

11 L O W C O U N T R Y A I D S S E R V I C E S For more information on this report, to schedule a presentation/testing event, host an event or simply learn more about ways the community can help fight HIV/AIDS, please contact: Lowcountry AIDS Services Meeting Street Road Charleston, SC Additional contacts: Media requests: Holly A. Fisher or Development/Volunteering: Jason Kirk or This report was prepared by Lowcountry AIDS Services using the most current statistics and information available to date. Page 10

Service Learning. HIV/AIDS Prevention

Service Learning. HIV/AIDS Prevention Service Learning & HIV/AIDS Prevention Sponsored by: Anne Arundel County Department of Health 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway Annapolis, Maryland 21401 PHONE: 410-222-7108 FAX: 410-222-7231 Maryland Relay (TTY

More information

Advocacy Resource Guide

Advocacy Resource Guide Advocacy Resource Guide Making a Difference... Addressing HIV/AIDS among Youth ISSUE IN BRIEF The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to play a significant role in the lives of adolescents and young adults today.

More information

Related TeensHealth Links

Related TeensHealth Links Grades 6 to 8 Health Problems Series STDs KidsHealth.org/classroom Teacher s Guide This guide includes: Standards Related Links Discussion Questions Activities for Students Reproducible Materials Standards

More information

HIV/AIDS 101 Teens and Young Adults. Chara McGill

HIV/AIDS 101 Teens and Young Adults. Chara McGill HIV/AIDS 101 Teens and Young Adults Chara McGill 1 Disclosure AS MANDATED BY ACCME SPEAKERS ARE ASKED TO DISCLOSE ANY REAL OR APPARENT CONFLICT RELATED TO THE CONTENT OF THEIR PRESENTATION TODAYS SPEAKER

More information

HIV Incidence Estimates, Alabama

HIV Incidence Estimates, Alabama Background: HIV Incidence Estimates, Alabama 2010-2014 HIV Incidence Surveillance is a supplemental National HIV Surveillance System (NHSS) activity funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More information

16: HIV/AIDS - Part 1

16: HIV/AIDS - Part 1 16: HIV/AIDS - Part 1 Words of Wisdom HIV/AIDS True/False - Part 1 HIV/AIDS True/False - Part 1 Answers Challenges to Preventing HIV Among Native Americans The Z Virus Man has responsibility, not power.

More information

Your right to know! FOR YOUNG PEOPLE HIV+ AIDS HIV & AIDS INFORMATION. What's the big deal about HIV and AIDS? Isn't AIDS an adult s problem?

Your right to know! FOR YOUNG PEOPLE HIV+ AIDS HIV & AIDS INFORMATION. What's the big deal about HIV and AIDS? Isn't AIDS an adult s problem? What's the big deal about HIV and AIDS? It's easy to think that HIV and AIDS is something for other people like drug users and sex workers to worry about. This is wrong. Everyone, from teens and young

More information

State of Alabama HIV Surveillance 2012 Annual Report Finalized

State of Alabama HIV Surveillance 2012 Annual Report Finalized State of Alabama HIV Surveillance 212 Annual Report Finalized Prepared by: Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control HIV Surveillance Branch Contact Person: Allison R. Smith, MPH Allison.Smith@adph.state.al.us

More information

Supported by Australian Aid, AusAID

Supported by Australian Aid, AusAID Supported by Australian Aid, AusAID Contents Unit scenario 1 Papua New Guinea: a country profile 2-4 HIV and AIDS 5-6 Responding to HIV and AIDS in PNG 7-8 Nutrition, child and maternal health 9-10 Responding

More information

HIV/AIDS in the Binghamton Tri-County Region Revised June 2007

HIV/AIDS in the Binghamton Tri-County Region Revised June 2007 HIV/AIDS in the Binghamton Tri-County Revised June 2007 HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. You can be infected with HIV but not diagnosed with AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that

More information

Forsyth County, North Carolina 2014 HIV/STD Surveillance Report

Forsyth County, North Carolina 2014 HIV/STD Surveillance Report Forsyth County, North Carolina 2014 HIV/STD Surveillance Report Forsyth County Department of Public Health Division of Epidemiology and Surveillance 799 N. Highland Avenue Winston-Salem, NC 27102-0686

More information

Chapter 21. What Are HIV and AIDS?

Chapter 21. What Are HIV and AIDS? Section 1 HIV and AIDS Today What Are HIV and AIDS? Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that primarily affects cells of the immune system and that causes AIDS. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome

More information

#9412. AIMS MULTIMEDIA 1996 Grade Levels: minutes 3 Instructional Graphics Enclosed DESCRIPTION

#9412. AIMS MULTIMEDIA 1996 Grade Levels: minutes 3 Instructional Graphics Enclosed DESCRIPTION #9412 SMART SEX: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF IN THE AGE OF AIDS AIMS MULTIMEDIA 1996 Grade Levels: 6-12 21 minutes 3 Instructional Graphics Enclosed DESCRIPTION Dramatizes a typical situation in which two

More information

HIV and AIDS in Bangladesh

HIV and AIDS in Bangladesh HIV and AIDS in Bangladesh BACKGROUND The first case of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh was detected in 1989. Since then 1495 cases of HIV/AIDS have been reported (as of December 2008). However UNAIDS estimates

More information

HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Santa Clara County 2012

HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Santa Clara County 2012 HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Santa Clara County 2012 Contents Summary of key findings... 2 Technical notes... 3 Overview of HIV/AIDS in Santa Clara County... 4 People living with HIV/AIDS... 6 Trends in HIV/AIDS

More information

HIV and AIDS: Are You at Risk?

HIV and AIDS: Are You at Risk? For more information Information about HIV/AIDS: www.aids.gov www.cdc.gov/hiv Free referrals and information: CDC-INFO 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) TTY: 1-888-232-6348 In English, en Espanol 24 Hours/Day

More information

Present: PH (37), PA (2), NJ (1) Staff: Nicole Johns, Briana Morgan, Jennifer Hayes

Present: PH (37), PA (2), NJ (1) Staff: Nicole Johns, Briana Morgan, Jennifer Hayes Present: PH (37), PA (2), NJ (1) Ryan White Planning Council of the Philadelphia Part A EMA Positive Committee Meeting Minutes January 11, 2016 12:00-2:00p.m. Office of HIV Planning, 340 N. 12 th Street,

More information

In looking at the issue of sexual health services there are found to be two common areas

In looking at the issue of sexual health services there are found to be two common areas Issues in Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexual Health A Literature Review for the City of Lubbock Board of Health September 2010 Brian D. Carr, Ph.D. Board Member Issues: Two areas are intertwined

More information

The HIV Treatment Cascade

The HIV Treatment Cascade HIV and STD s: Who is at Greatest Risk? What Can We Do? June 7, 2013 Harvey J Makadon, MD The National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute Harvard Medical School The HIV Treatment Cascade

More information

MUN BRIEFING PAPER. HIV-AIDS: How can we prevent its increase? HIV and AIDS. 1. The Cycle of AIDS

MUN BRIEFING PAPER. HIV-AIDS: How can we prevent its increase? HIV and AIDS. 1. The Cycle of AIDS HIV-AIDS: How can we prevent its increase? Hey everyone, we are Sarah Duff and Eilidh Farquhar and we will be chairing the Health Committees for the fast-approaching conference in March! We've both been

More information

Understanding the HIV Care Continuum

Understanding the HIV Care Continuum Understanding the HIV Care Continuum Overview Recent scientific advances have shown that antiretroviral therapy (ART) not only preserves the health of people living with HIV, but also dramatically lowers

More information

In Long Beach, services are available Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Call for information.

In Long Beach, services are available Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Call for information. In recognition of April being National STD Awareness Month, let s take some time to understand the impact of sexually transmitted diseases in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles County the two groups most impacted

More information

Facts. What you and the people you care about need to know about HIV/AIDS

Facts. What you and the people you care about need to know about HIV/AIDS Facts for Life What you and the people you care about need to know about HIV/AIDS What is amfar? amfar, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative

More information

NATIONAL SURVEY OF TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS ON HIV/AIDS

NATIONAL SURVEY OF TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS ON HIV/AIDS Summary of Findings NATIONAL SURVEY OF TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS ON HIV/AIDS Kaiser Family Foundation November 2012 There are more than 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV today, more

More information

sexuality healthy SELF-REFLECTION STUDENT RESOURCE RELATIONSHIPS What is a healthy relationship?

sexuality healthy SELF-REFLECTION STUDENT RESOURCE RELATIONSHIPS What is a healthy relationship? RELATIONSHIPS What is a relationship? A relationship is one that makes you feel good about yourself. You enjoy being together and you both can express your true self. In a relationship, you are able to:

More information

HIV/AIDS: General Information & Testing in the Emergency Department

HIV/AIDS: General Information & Testing in the Emergency Department What Is HIV? HIV/AIDS: General Information & Testing in the Emergency Department HIV is the common name for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is a retrovirus. This means it can enter the body s own

More information

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE REGULAR SESSION 2014

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE REGULAR SESSION 2014 MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE REGULAR SESSION 2014 By: Representative Scott To: Public Health and Human Services; Appropriations HOUSE BILL NO. 202 1 AN ACT TO CREATE THE "MISSISSIPPI COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITIES

More information

Facts about HIV and AIDS. English / Enska

Facts about HIV and AIDS. English / Enska Facts about HIV and AIDS English / Enska AIDS is a serious disease which has spread all over the world since the beginning of the nineteen eighties. AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV and is transmitted

More information

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) Chapter I. The Need for HIV/STI Prevention Peer Education Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is widespread in the United States and affects all sectors of society. By the end of the 20th century,

More information

The Ryan White CARE Act 2000 Reauthorization

The Ryan White CARE Act 2000 Reauthorization POLICY BRIEF january 2001 The Ryan White CARE Act 2000 Reauthorization Overview As the Ryan White CARE Act enters its second decade, it continues to be a critical source of care and services for people

More information

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and the STI Clinic

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and the STI Clinic Patient & Family Guide 2016 Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and the STI Clinic Where to go. What to know. STIs are more common than you might think! www.nshealth.ca Sexually Transmitted Infections

More information

Care Cascade Presentation Ryan White Part A Boston EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council. Sophie Lewis MDPH Office of HIV/AIDS January 9, 2014

Care Cascade Presentation Ryan White Part A Boston EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council. Sophie Lewis MDPH Office of HIV/AIDS January 9, 2014 Care Cascade Presentation Ryan White Part A Boston EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council Sophie Lewis MDPH Office of HIV/AIDS January 9, 2014 1 Federal and State Goals National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Reduce

More information

Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States

Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States CDC HIV/AIDS Fa c t s A u g u s t 28 Accurately tracking the HIV epidemic is essential to the nation s HIV prevention efforts. Yet monitoring trends

More information

HIV/AIDS POLICY STATEMENT

HIV/AIDS POLICY STATEMENT HIV/AIDS POLICY STATEMENT At Colgate-Palmolive we remain committed to helping employees, their loved ones and those in our communities combat HIV/AIDS. Colgate s commitment to doing our part in the fight

More information

How testing and treatment can stop HIV. Information for African people.

How testing and treatment can stop HIV. Information for African people. How testing and treatment can stop HIV. Information for African people. How testing and treatment can stop HIV. Information for African people. We re living in a new era. We now know for sure: treatment

More information

Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States

Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States Estimates of New HIV Infections in the United States Accurately tracking the HIV epidemic is essential to the nation s HIV prevention efforts. Yet monitoring trends in new HIV infections has historically

More information

Georgia Performance Standards. Health Education

Georgia Performance Standards. Health Education HIGH SCHOOL Students in high school demonstrate comprehensive health knowledge and skills. Their behaviors reflect a conceptual understanding of the issues associated with maintaining good personal health.

More information

Katherine Record, JD, MPH, MA Senior Fellow, Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation Harvard Law School March 2013

Katherine Record, JD, MPH, MA Senior Fellow, Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation Harvard Law School March 2013 Extending Medicaid to Reduce HIV Transmission & Health Related Costs in Texas: Modeling the Transition of Ryan White Clients into Medicaid & Private Insurance in 2014 Katherine Record, JD, MPH, MA Senior

More information

our Health Your Rights Your Health, Your Rights

our Health Your Rights Your Health, Your Rights our Health Your Health, Your Rights Your Rights IF you re a teen in California, you have rights. And that s what this booklet is about your right to privacy and reproductive health care. It has lots of

More information

Among Latinos/Hispanics in United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Among Latinos/Hispanics in United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Crisis of HIV/AIDS Among Latinos/Hispanics in United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. OVERVIEW Latino Commission on AIDS HIV/AIDS in Latino communities within the United States has reached

More information

Real. Women in North Carolina are being KEEPING IT

Real. Women in North Carolina are being KEEPING IT Keeping It Real KEEPING IT Real As women, we take care of our families. They are our pride and joy. In order to be there for them, we need to take care of ourselves first. Women in North Carolina are being

More information

DC Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for 2012-2015: Goals and Objectives

DC Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for 2012-2015: Goals and Objectives DC Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan for 2012-2015: Goals and Objectives The Comprehensive Plan includes program goals and objectives, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building activities specific

More information

Report to UNAIDS HIV/AIDS TRENDS IN JAPAN April 2016

Report to UNAIDS HIV/AIDS TRENDS IN JAPAN April 2016 Report to UNAIDS HIV/AIDS TRENDS IN JAPAN April 2016 I. Status at a glance The AIDS Surveillance Committee holds quarterly meeting to compile the annual report on the trends of new reported cases of HIV

More information

How testing and treatment can stop HIV. Information for gay and bisexual men.

How testing and treatment can stop HIV. Information for gay and bisexual men. How testing and treatment can stop HIV. Information for gay and bisexual men. How testing and treatment can stop HIV. Information for gay and bisexual men. We re living in a new era. We now know for sure:

More information

Ending the Epidemic in New York State. Federal AIDS Policy Partnership March 4, 2015

Ending the Epidemic in New York State. Federal AIDS Policy Partnership March 4, 2015 Ending the Epidemic in New York State Federal AIDS Policy Partnership March 4, 2015 1 The momentum already exists NYS is a center of HIV activism, community/government collaboration and innovation. While

More information

9. NW Tribal STD Priorities and Recommendations

9. NW Tribal STD Priorities and Recommendations As is true of other racial health disparities, the disproportional prevalence of STDs among American Indians does not reflect any biological difference in infection susceptibility, but rather inequalities

More information

The Minnesota Chlamydia Strategy: Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Chlamydia in Minnesota Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership, April 2011

The Minnesota Chlamydia Strategy: Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Chlamydia in Minnesota Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership, April 2011 The Minnesota Chlamydia Strategy: Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Chlamydia in Minnesota Minnesota Chlamydia Partnership, April 2011 Section 5: Screening, Treating and Reporting Chlamydia While the information

More information

LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS Time Level Skills Knowledge goal Materials 60 90 minutes upper-intermediate reading, speaking raising awareness of HIV/AIDS myths and stereotypes Ss worksheets: p. S1 a map, a set

More information

How to Make Adolescent STD Screening Easy. Jill Grimes, MD

How to Make Adolescent STD Screening Easy. Jill Grimes, MD How to Make Adolescent STD Screening Easy Jill Grimes, MD Disclaimer This presentation reflects the opinions of Jill Grimes, MD, and is not intended to represent the opinions of the Seton family of hospitals.

More information

Using HIV Surveillance Data to Calculate Measures for the Continuum of HIV Care

Using HIV Surveillance Data to Calculate Measures for the Continuum of HIV Care Using HIV Surveillance Data to Calculate Measures for the Continuum of HIV Care Anna Satcher Johnson, MPH Symposium on Measuring the HIV Care Continuum Center for AIDS Research University of Washington

More information

A SPECIAL INVITATION TO PARTNER WITH DESERT AIDS PROJECT

A SPECIAL INVITATION TO PARTNER WITH DESERT AIDS PROJECT A SPECIAL INVITATION TO PARTNER WITH DESERT AIDS PROJECT DESERT AIDS PROJECT After the first diagnoses of AIDS in 1981, volunteer social workers, nurses, and others sprang into action, helping HIV-infected

More information

GAO INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE. HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Report to Congressional Requesters

GAO INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE. HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Report to Congressional Requesters GAO United States Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters December 2007 INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

More information

Building on Success: A National Strategy to Save Lives

Building on Success: A National Strategy to Save Lives Remarks by Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services XIX International AIDS Conference Washington, DC Plenary Session Theme: Challenges and Solutions

More information

HIV, TB, STI and hepatitis in Sweden 2015 Preliminary epidemiological data and other news

HIV, TB, STI and hepatitis in Sweden 2015 Preliminary epidemiological data and other news HIV, TB, STI and hepatitis in Sweden 2015 Preliminary epidemiological data and other news Monica Ideström/Torsten Berglund Public Health Agency of Sweden NDPHS, HIV, TB & AI EG-meeting, Warsaw 3-4 th of

More information

MANAGING HERPES. Living and loving with hsv. American Social Health association. by Charles Ebel & Anna Wald, M.D., M.P.H.

MANAGING HERPES. Living and loving with hsv. American Social Health association. by Charles Ebel & Anna Wald, M.D., M.P.H. MANAGING HERPES Living and loving with hsv by Charles Ebel & Anna Wald, M.D., M.P.H. American Social Health association RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA contents contents Preface xi Acknowledgments

More information

African Americans, of people in the United States with AIDS are women, injection drug users,

African Americans, of people in the United States with AIDS are women, injection drug users, Appendix D-- Epidemiology of AIDS in Women, Injection Drug Users, African Americans, and Hispanics The epidemic of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the United States has now entered its second

More information

PREVENTING HIV AND AIDS THE IDEA

PREVENTING HIV AND AIDS THE IDEA PREVENTING HIV AND AIDS THE IDEA Young people s vulnerability to HIV infection depends on many complex factors. They need the information, life skills and motivation to avoid sex or to negotiate for safe

More information

Related TeensHealth Links

Related TeensHealth Links Grades 9 to 12 Health Problems Series KidsHealth.org/classroom Teacher s Guide This guide includes: Standards Related Links Discussion Questions Activities for Students Reproducible Materials Standards

More information

Reports Lay Out Path for Ending HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Ohio. John R. Corlett, President and Executive Director

Reports Lay Out Path for Ending HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Ohio. John R. Corlett, President and Executive Director Reports Lay Out Path for Ending HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Ohio John R. Corlett, President and Executive Director State Budgeting Matters Volume 12, Number 1 January 2016 Reports Lay Out Path for Ending HIV/AIDS

More information

If you are in crisis (thinking about hurting yourself or someone else) or just need someone to talk to, call the crisis line.

If you are in crisis (thinking about hurting yourself or someone else) or just need someone to talk to, call the crisis line. Welcome Packet Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF) prevents HIV infection through education and service, assists persons affected by HIV/AIDS, addresses HIV-related health problems, and combats stigma

More information

HIV AND AIDS for CNA's & HHA's

HIV AND AIDS for CNA's & HHA's HIV AND AIDS for CNA's & HHA's INTRODUCTION The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that is transmitted through sexual contact or contact with infected blood. Infection with HIV is one of the

More information

Understanding public opinion toward HIV/AIDS

Understanding public opinion toward HIV/AIDS 1 Understanding public opinion toward HIV/AIDS Foreword by Sean Cahill Public perceptions of HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/AIDS have changed significantly since the 1980s, in most instances for the

More information

FAQs HIV & AIDS. What is HIV? A virus that reduces the effectiveness of your immune system, meaning you are less protected against disease.

FAQs HIV & AIDS. What is HIV? A virus that reduces the effectiveness of your immune system, meaning you are less protected against disease. HIV & AIDS What is HIV? A virus that reduces the effectiveness of your immune system, meaning you are less protected against disease. What does HIV stand for? Human Immunodeficiency Virus Where did HIV

More information

Health & Community Services Department. The STD Problem in Kalamazoo County: Status Update, Education, and Future Directions

Health & Community Services Department. The STD Problem in Kalamazoo County: Status Update, Education, and Future Directions Health & Community Services Department Promoting Health For All The STD Problem in Kalamazoo County: Status Update, Education, and Future Directions October 22, 2015 Today s Agenda 7:30 Registration 8:00

More information

Sonoma County HIV Prevention and Care Work Plan

Sonoma County HIV Prevention and Care Work Plan Sonoma County Prevention and Care Work Plan 2012 2015 As stated in the Vision for the National /AIDS Strategy, Sonoma County, will become a place where new infections are rare and when they do occur, every

More information

MANITOBA'S PROVINCIAL AIDS STRATEGY. Manitoba Health. Printed in Canada

MANITOBA'S PROVINCIAL AIDS STRATEGY. Manitoba Health. Printed in Canada MANITOBA'S PROVINCIAL AIDS STRATEGY Printed in Canada Manitoba Health 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword... 5 I HIV/AIDS - Its History and Impacts in Manitoba... 7 II Building Partnerships... 9 Community Consultation...

More information

HIV Screening and Access to Care Institute of Medicine. Jeffrey Crowley Office of National AIDS Policy

HIV Screening and Access to Care Institute of Medicine. Jeffrey Crowley Office of National AIDS Policy HIV Screening and Access to Care Institute of Medicine Jeffrey Crowley Office of National AIDS Policy ONAP Mission The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) Part of the White House Domestic Policy Council

More information

HIV & AIDS BASIC FACTS

HIV & AIDS BASIC FACTS HIV & AIDS BASIC FACTS There is no vaccine to prevent HIV. There is no cure for HIV but there is treatment. Anyone can be infected with HIV. What are HIV & AIDS? HIV is a virus that can make you sick.

More information

HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2014

HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2014 HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2014 Contents Page 1 Surveillance arrangements 3 2 Introduction and key points 4 3 Trend information 5 - New diagnoses Route of transmission Age and gender CD4 surveillance

More information

A Reference Tool for Clinicians

A Reference Tool for Clinicians The Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology HIV Case Finding and Secondary

More information

Illustrating HIV/AIDS in the United States

Illustrating HIV/AIDS in the United States Illustrating HIV/AIDS in the United States Black Persons 2013 Update About AIDSVu AIDSVu is a compilation of interactive, online maps that allows users to visually explore the HIV epidemic in the U.S.

More information

BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT HIV, HEPATITIS B and C, and TUBERCULOSIS Adapted from the CDC

BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT HIV, HEPATITIS B and C, and TUBERCULOSIS Adapted from the CDC BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT HIV, HEPATITIS B and C, and TUBERCULOSIS Adapted from the CDC HIV What are HIV and AIDS? HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV is

More information

Cleveland Department of Public Health Office of HIV/AIDS Services 75 Erieview Place Cleveland, OH 44114

Cleveland Department of Public Health Office of HIV/AIDS Services 75 Erieview Place Cleveland, OH 44114 Cleveland Department of Public Health Office of HIV/AIDS Services 75 Erieview Place Cleveland, OH 44114 Policy and Procedures for Internet Partner Services April 2009 Introduction The Cleveland Department

More information

Protect yourself from HIV/AIDS

Protect yourself from HIV/AIDS Protect yourself from HIV/AIDS Why is HIV/AIDS important? HIV and AIDS has already killed millions of people worldwide. There is no cure for HIV. Everyone can get it if they do not know how to protect

More information

Lesson 3. Responsible Sexuality. Specific Expectations:

Lesson 3. Responsible Sexuality. Specific Expectations: Lesson 3 Responsible Sexuality Specific Expectations: By the end of the course, students will: describe factors that lead to responsible sexual relationships Materials: actors that Lead to Responsible

More information

Public Comment of Patricia Bass, RN, MA Chair, CAEAR Coalition Consultant, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Public Comment of Patricia Bass, RN, MA Chair, CAEAR Coalition Consultant, Philadelphia Department of Public Health Public Comment of Patricia Bass, RN, MA Chair, CAEAR Coalition Consultant, Philadelphia Department of Public Health Presented to the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment,

More information

Figure 2. Estimated Number of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in LAC, 2009. Unaware HIV/AIDS (1) Pending HIV Cases (2) Coded Living HIV

Figure 2. Estimated Number of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in LAC, 2009. Unaware HIV/AIDS (1) Pending HIV Cases (2) Coded Living HIV Overview of Los Angeles County Los Angeles County (LAC), at 4,084 square miles, 88 incorporated cities and over 10 million residents, is one of the largest counties in the US, with a population that is

More information

Targeted HIV Testing & Enhanced Testing Technologies. HIV Prevention Section Bureau of HIV/AIDS

Targeted HIV Testing & Enhanced Testing Technologies. HIV Prevention Section Bureau of HIV/AIDS Targeted HIV Testing & Enhanced Testing Technologies HIV Prevention Section Bureau of HIV/AIDS May 2012 1 Typing a Question in the Chat Box Type question in here 2 Completing the Webinar Evaluation (opened

More information

Accent on Health Obgyn, PC HERPES Frequently Asked Questions

Accent on Health Obgyn, PC HERPES Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is herpes? 2. How common is herpes? 3. Is there a cure for herpes? 4. What is oral herpes (cold sores)? 5. How is oral herpes spread? 6. What is genital herpes? 7. How is genital herpes spread?

More information

Minnesota Treatment Cascade for People Living with HIV/AIDS April 2015

Minnesota Treatment Cascade for People Living with HIV/AIDS April 2015 Minnesota Treatment Cascade for People Living with HIV/AIDS April 2015 STD/HIV/TB Section Infectious Disease Prevention, Epidemiology and Control Division P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164-0975 651-201-5414

More information

Registration & Sponsorship Packet. Roper St. Francis Ryan White Wellness Center Annual Red Ribbon 5K & Walk

Registration & Sponsorship Packet. Roper St. Francis Ryan White Wellness Center Annual Red Ribbon 5K & Walk Roper St. Francis Ryan White Wellness Center Annual Red Ribbon 5K & Walk Charleston, SC Registration & Sponsorship Packet Also available online www.ryanwhiteofcharleston.org Where: Wannamaker Park 8888

More information

PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES AND HIV/AIDS. TIHAN Training for Care & Support Volunteers

PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES AND HIV/AIDS. TIHAN Training for Care & Support Volunteers PSYCHOSOCIAL ISSUES AND HIV/AIDS TIHAN Training for Care & Support Volunteers WHAT IS PSYCHOSOCIAL? Psychology + Sociology Psychosocial development is how a person's mind, emotions, and maturity level

More information

Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services

Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services Outpatient/Ambulatory Health Services Service Definition Outpatient/ambulatory medical care includes the provision of professional diagnostic and therapeutic services rendered by a physician, physician

More information

Five Year Summary

Five Year Summary Sexually Transmitted Diseases In the City of St. Louis, MO Five Year Summary 2005-2009 City of St. Louis Department of Health 2011 Acknowledgements The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

More information

11/1/2013. HIV Epidemiology. Camden J. Hallmark, MPH 1, Mandy J. Hill, DrPH, MPH 2, Marlene L. McNeese 1, Nike Blue, MPH 3, Michael W.

11/1/2013. HIV Epidemiology. Camden J. Hallmark, MPH 1, Mandy J. Hill, DrPH, MPH 2, Marlene L. McNeese 1, Nike Blue, MPH 3, Michael W. Camden J. Hallmark, MPH 1, Mandy J. Hill, DrPH, MPH 2, Marlene L. McNeese 1, Nike Blue, MPH 3, Michael W. Ross, PhD 2 1 Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention, Houston Department of Health and

More information

SB 71 Question and Answer Guide, page 1

SB 71 Question and Answer Guide, page 1 Questions and Answers about SB 71: The California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act A Guide for Parents, Students and Community members On January 1, 2004, California replaced 11

More information

A Sexual Health Study with Africans in Munich

A Sexual Health Study with Africans in Munich A Sexual Health Study with Africans in Munich Working together for Health Promotion INFORMATION FOR STUDY PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE WE? We are a group of Africans, researchers and persons doing prevention

More information

Injection Drug Users in Miami-Dade: NHBS-IDU2 Cycle Preliminary Results

Injection Drug Users in Miami-Dade: NHBS-IDU2 Cycle Preliminary Results Injection Drug Users in Miami-Dade: NHBS-IDU2 Cycle Preliminary Results David W. Forrest, Ph.D. Marlene LaLota, M.P.H. John-Mark Schacht Gabriel A. Cardenas, M.P.H. Lisa Metsch, Ph.D. National HIV Behavioral

More information

What Are HIV & AIDS? Together, we can change the course of the HIV epidemic one woman at a time.

What Are HIV & AIDS? Together, we can change the course of the HIV epidemic one woman at a time. What Are HIV & AIDS? Together, we can change the course of the HIV epidemic one woman at a time. #onewomanatatime #thewellproject What Is HIV? HIV stands for: Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV is the virus

More information

HPTN 073: Black MSM Open-Label PrEP Demonstration Project

HPTN 073: Black MSM Open-Label PrEP Demonstration Project HPTN 073: Black MSM Open-Label PrEP Demonstration Project Overview HIV Epidemiology in the U.S. Overview of PrEP Overview of HPTN HPTN 061 HPTN 073 ARV Drug Resistance Conclusions Questions and Answers

More information

SIXTY-SEVENTH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY. Agenda item 12.3 24 May 2014. Hepatitis

SIXTY-SEVENTH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY. Agenda item 12.3 24 May 2014. Hepatitis SIXTY-SEVENTH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY WHA67.6 Agenda item 12.3 24 May 2014 Hepatitis The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly, Having considered the report on hepatitis; 1 Reaffirming resolution WHA63.18,

More information

2012-2015 STRATEGIC PLAN TO ADDRESS HIV IN IOWA

2012-2015 STRATEGIC PLAN TO ADDRESS HIV IN IOWA SECTION 3. 2012-2015 STRATEGIC PLAN TO ADDRESS HIV IN IOWA This final section of the Iowa Comprehensive HIV Plan contains recommendations for a cascade of prevention and care activities that are designed

More information

Chlamydia THE FACTS. How do people get Chlamydia?

Chlamydia THE FACTS. How do people get Chlamydia? What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is sexually transmitted and often causes no symptoms. If not treated, chlamydia can damage reproductive organs and make it difficult for

More information

The Balm (HIV/AIDS) Ministry

The Balm (HIV/AIDS) Ministry The Balm (HIV/AIDS) Ministry Why did The Potter's House begin the AIDS ministry? The work of The Potter s House Church personifies Bishop Jakes call to minister to hurting people. One group of hurting

More information

THE PHILADELPHIA CENTER !!!! Annual Report. Reported for: June 1, 2014 May 31, 2015

THE PHILADELPHIA CENTER !!!! Annual Report. Reported for: June 1, 2014 May 31, 2015 Annual Report Prepared by: Derick Jones October 30, 2015 Reported for: June 1, 2014 May 31, 2015 Page 1 of 8 Between June 2014 and May 2015, the Philadelphia Center has risen to the challenge that faces

More information

Who Might Benefit from PrEP? Individual-Level Assessments

Who Might Benefit from PrEP? Individual-Level Assessments Webcast 2.2 Who Might Benefit from PrEP? Individual-Level Assessments P R E S ENTED BY: M A R K T H R U N, M D A S S O C I AT E P R O F E S S O R, U N I V E R S I T Y O F C O L O R A D O, D I V I S I O

More information

Basic Presentation HIV/AIDS. For Use by Students, Teachers and the Public Seeking Basic Information About HIV/AIDS

Basic Presentation HIV/AIDS. For Use by Students, Teachers and the Public Seeking Basic Information About HIV/AIDS Basic Presentation HIV/AIDS For Use by Students, Teachers and the Public Seeking Basic Information About HIV/AIDS Objectives- Define and understand the difference between HIV Infection and AIDS Describe

More information

Opt-Out HIV Testing: Making HIV Tests Routine In the Medical Setting

Opt-Out HIV Testing: Making HIV Tests Routine In the Medical Setting Opt-Out HIV Testing: Making HIV Tests Routine In the Medical Setting Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP) Jennifer Sayles, MD, MPH, Medical Director

More information

Allegheny County Health Department STD/HIV Program

Allegheny County Health Department STD/HIV Program Allegheny County Health Department STD/HIV Program 213 Annual STD Report UPMC 3441 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Tel (412) 578-881 Fax (412)-578-83 www.county.allegheny.pa.us/achd/std info@achd.net

More information

TRENDS IN DOHMH FUNDED HIV TESTING AND SEXUAL HEALTHCARE PROVISION V3: A Very Short Report

TRENDS IN DOHMH FUNDED HIV TESTING AND SEXUAL HEALTHCARE PROVISION V3: A Very Short Report TRENDS IN DOHMH FUNDED HIV TESTING AND SEXUAL HEALTHCARE PROVISION V3: A Very Short Report New York City 2009-2014 James Krellenstein ACT UP\New York Treatment Action Group

More information