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AIDS Cases Underestimated By 40 Percent

AIDS Cases Underestimated by 40%, World Conference Begins

The number of new cases of AIDS diagnosed in the US each year is 40 percent higher than the government previously estimated, acknowledging that they've understated the level of the epidemic.

The US actually had about 56,300 new HIV infections in 2006, up from the 40,000 annual estimate publicized for the last dozen years. The new number is because of a better blood test and new statistical methods, not a worsening of the epidemic.

The executive director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors says, "This is the biggest news for public health and HIV/AIDS that we've had in a while." The new estimate and how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived at the number were presented yesterday at the opening day of the international AIDS conference in Mexico City. To see how Bill Clinton and the adorable baby fit in, and an amazing breakthrough in a cure for HIV,


Former U.S. President Bill Clinton found a new friend while visiting a rural health care clinic this weekend in Rwanda at one of the Clinton Foundation projects. Bill is heading to Mexico City to deliver a keynote address today at the World AIDS Conference.

A 12-year-old activist with HIV (she's had it all her life) opened the conference last night with Ban Ki-moon and the president of Mexico. The young activist, Keren Dunaway, edits a children's magazine about the virus. In Latin America, 55,000 of the nearly 2 million people with the virus are under 15 years old, most infected by their mothers. Her story is pretty amazing and worth a read.

There's good news being released at the conference — researchers in several countries are working on a pill that can prevent HIV, and two Houston doctors may have found a way to destroy HIV, that could be used to "control the disease for those who already have it." It's still five years away, and awaiting human trials, but the research is heading in the right, and exciting, direction.

Thanks to hypnoticmix for sending this on!


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Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 9 years
Very touching story Hypno....thanks for sharing such a delicate issue of life.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Thank you all for your support it is appreciated. Hugs.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
Hypno, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. You are so blessed to have such a wonderful family and such a supportive group of friends. And, of course, you have all of our support, too! I count myself richer for "knowing" you! :hug:
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
Hypno, I really appreciate you sharing your story. :hug: In grad school, for 4 great months, I interned as a mental health therapist at a non-profit AIDS agency. It was a wonderfully enriching experience, and I have SO much respect for anyone who has been touched by HIV/AIDS. I have since then realized my true passion is working with individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and for the past year and a half I have been trying to find a counselor/therapist position at a local agency, but their funding has been cut so severely that positions are scarce. For example, the regional agency I worked for has 1 MH therapist (and usually 1 intern) splitting her time between 3 offices in 3 different cities per week. I totally agree with you that education and awareness are key to progress... so thanks again. :)
stephley stephley 9 years
You really are a terrific guy - I enjoy 'knowing' you.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
oh hypno. Thank you so much for sharing. :hug:
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I thought twice about sharing an experience so personal but then I thought in light of the circumstances it would be a personal injustice if I didn’t. If you're weirded out by reading something personal about someone you don't know I suggest you skip. But if curiosity killed the cat just remember, satisfaction brought it back. I can remember being in Jr. High School @ 12yrs. old, Reagan had been in office for a year or so and it was the first time I saw the words gay cancer. I had never heard the word gay nor new what it meant or how it would soon apply to my identity. Just watching those reports frightened me because it seemed like such an alien thing happening to such an alien people. Fifteen years later in a Dr.’s office @ 9:30am on November 14, 1997 I was told that I am HIV positive. I didn’t get upset or emotional but I distinctly remember sitting in my car in the parking lot and as I looked around everything had this surreal glow to it and it felt almost as though time had taken a moment to stand still in observance of my dilemma. That night I called friends one by one to give them the bad news and of course received their full support. Two weeks later I called a family meeting with my siblings & sister/brother in-laws and before I the ill fated three letters could finish leaving my lips I found my self under a heap pile of love with arms embraced all around me. It was a month before I could tell my parents. I wanted to educate myself as much as possible on the matter because I knew that they would be most at a loss when it comes to information. That day they came through for me and did what parents should do, offer their children unconditional love. I began taking medication for the first time in August 2004 and I tell you I wouldn’t wish my first regimen on my worst enemy. Constant feeling of bloating and being lethargic to the point that all I wanted to do was lay down. I stayed on it long enough to squash the viral load and bring my T-cells up to a normal level and made the decision to stop my first regimen. I spent the next two and a half years coasting down the slope again monitoring my T-cells as they made the steady decline downward once more and once they broke the two hundred mark last summer it was time once again to pull the plane out its nose dive. During the time I was off medication I took the time to do my research and found a very simple three pill a day cocktail with very little potential side effects and non of which have afflicted me to this day. This November 14 will be eleven years and I can honestly say that in all this time I have never had to deal with any physical effects of the virus. My Dr. says that if it wasn’t for the labs that say you are I would never know you’re positive because you’re perfectly healthy. When I think of the possibility that there is a tangible reality there could be a cure with in ten years I think of the beautiful people I have known who are no longer with us. Like my dear friend Al, I swear that man walked among Angeles because everywhere he went his glow would illuminate a smile on every face. I also think if only my parents where here to see that day and know that their son would be alright. Well I know that I will be alright and when all is said and done I will feel truly blessed for an experience which I wouldn’t trade for the world. I think now our biggest enemy when it comes fighting infection is ignorance and pride. Lake of education and cultural stigma are taking our brothers and sisters with no mercy and is especially hard hit in poor minority communities. Until a cure is reality we need to find better ways to spread the knowledge and make testing less stigmatizing.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 9 years
The government... Michelin.
em113 em113 9 years
Thank you!!! I'm so tired of the ridiculous spin this administration has put on their work with AIDS. (I'm not saying Clinton was any better with AIDS while in office, because he certainly didn't become the advocate he is today until after he left office.)
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Fo Show, who is "they"?
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 9 years
They have a cure....had it for some time now.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I can't believe what big news this was! I heard about it all day on Saturday, including on the BBC. I wonder why the potential cure wasn't the headline instead of the larger number of cases.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Wow yeah thanks hypno! 40%?!?!?!?!?! That's ridiculous. How could they make an error of that margin. The answer is they didn't. Our country is still trying to cover it up to an extent. Hear Hear Bill Clinton!
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