According to a new report released last week by the CDC, more than one million U.S. adults who are at substantial risk for HIV could potentially benefit from PrEP, but nationwide, only one in three primary care doctors and nurses is aware of this preventive measure.
In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of people are infected by HIV/AIDS and are unaware of it, and continue to spread the disease without following any treatment.
Concerted global efforts to ramp up the number of HIV-positive people receiving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment have succeeded in doubling the figure in five years, to nearly 16 million.
“Ending the AIDS epidemic means that adolescent girls and young women have access to education and appropriate HIV and sexual and reproductive health services”, he said in his World AIDS Day message posted on the UNAIDS website.
The facility will be operated in partnership with University of Wisconsin Health, and with the physicians working through the Madison office of the AIDS Resource Center at 600 Williamson Street, Mike Gifford, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin president, said.
“According to data of the national program for prevention and control over HIV and AIDS, the number of newly-registered people stands at 204 as of November 25, 2015″, Dr. Varleva noted.
“It’s a testament to events like this and World AIDS day that kind of push awareness and raise money to battle these issues they have”. It’s also estimated that every 3 hours, a Canadian is infected with HIV.
The foundation even called for deeper compassion for people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.
“I urge residents of the state to know that HIV /AIDS is real, there is no cure for it and everyone should protect themselves”.
“The disease is still alive and well out in the community, spreading on a regular basis – as many as 50,000 people a year”, Dr. Owen Pickus said.
That’s Jacob Dougherty, an HIV testing coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. “It’s no longer the thing that eats away at you”, he said.
He told NBC4 that his partner uses the relatively new drug Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to stay HIV-free.