CDC 2015 HIV/AIDS Surveilance Report
The CDC HIV/AIDS surveilance report is a report that is published each year. Changes in the reporting structure have allowed the CDC to publish a more current report. The report runs from 2010 - 2014 but includes information from 2015. There is good news and some bumps in the road as some infection rates remain stagnant. Below are some highlights from the report:
The annual numbers and rates of HIV diagnoses decreased overall and among both women and men
- HIV diagnosis rates decreased among African Americans, Latinos and whites
- HIV diagnosis rates increased among people ages 25-29, remained stable among those ages 20-24, and decreased among other age groups
- The annual number of diagnoses attributed to male-to-male sexual contact remained stable, while the number attributed to heterosexual contact or injection drug use decreased
- The annual number and rate of deaths of persons with diagnosed HIV decreased
- HIV prevalence reached an all-time high; at the end of 2014, more than 955,000 people were living with diagnosed HIV infection
Click here for a copy of the full report.
Missed Opportunities for HIV Testing During Routine Doctor Visits, BRFSS, 2011-2013 - Michelle Van Handel and Patricia Dietz
Using data from the 2011-2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the authors found that nearly 100 million adults ages 18 to 64 had never been tested for HIV, and more than half had missed an opportunity for HIV testing during a recent routine doctor visit. The percentage of people who missed a testing opportunity increased from 62 percent in 2011 to 64 percent in 2013. The study also shows that in 2013:
- Women, aged 45-64, and non-Hispanic whites accounted for the highest percentage of people with missed opportunities for HIV screening.
- People living in the Eastern and Southern regions of the United States had higher rates of having recently missed an opportunity for HIV screening, compared with other regions of the nation.
- Individuals with health insurance coverage accounted for almost 90 percent of people who missed opportunities for HIV screening.
The analysis draws attention to current gaps in routine HIV testing and the need for all providers and local health authorities to increase routine HIV screening rates, and follow CDC testing recommendations. CDC recommends that individuals aged 13-64 get tested at least once in their lifetimes and those with factors get tested more frequently. Both CDC and the United States Preventive Services Task Force advise clinicians to screen for HIV among all adolescents and adults, regardless of risk.
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'Alice in Wonderland' Inspires Mad Hatter Gala for St. Philip House
Alice of Wonderland fame would have been right at home Saturday at St. Philip House’s “Mad Hatter Auction & Gala.”
The “Alice in Wonderland”-themed party Saturday at the Hartford Club featured a lot of whimsy when it came to décor, but a lot of sincerity when it came to the cause.
“We started in Plainville 22 years ago,” said executive director Rich Baraglia of the nonprofit St. Philip House, which provides housing, programs and support to people with HIV/AIDS in the Central Connecticut region. “I can’t believe it has been that many years.”
The nonprofit, which also supports an orphanage in Peru, had it all going on when it came to the decorations and the auction items, thanks to a very talented board member, Ovide Cadran.
“He has an event-planning business and spends hours helping us,” said Baraglia, standing amid Wonderland-worthy centerpieces featuring teapots and cups and trays of make-believe cakes and cookies that seemed to defy gravity.
“He makes it happen every year,” said Baraglia of the array of perfectly wrapped silent-auction gift baskets that quickly attracted the attention of the arriving crowd. “He’d be here now for a picture, but he just got done getting everything ready and left to run home to change for the party.”