Dec. 1: World AIDS Day

Dec. 1, 2020:  World AIDS Day.  Nearly 40 years ago, what is now known as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was first identified.   The number of cases and deaths among persons with AIDS increased rapidly during the 1980s followed by substantial declines in new cases and deaths in the late 1990s (CDC).  Since 2014, the number of persons diagnosed as being HIV positive decreased somewhat yet public health officials point out that 1 in 7 persons currently do not know that they are infected with this deadly virus.  Disproportionate rates of infection occur in persons of color, persons who are transgendered, and persons who live in certain rural areas (HIV.gov).

Thanks to the early HIV/AIDS work of scientists, public health officials, and groups like the Gay Men's Health Crisis:

 *  successful treatments for previously limited viral treatments were greatly expanded

 *  comprehensive disease prevention efforts were developed

 *  preventive medications were developed for individuals at risk for acquiring HIV

These ongoing efforts have provided a strong foundation for recent efforts to battle outbreaks of H1N1, Zika, and Ebola along with the work happening with our current viral crisis: Covid 19.  Let's continue to be educated and prevent disease transmission by following Public Health measures for ourselves and our families.

 

CDC MMWR: 1981-2000

U.S. HIV Statistics