Monday, December 01, 2008

World AIDS Day 2008


J's Theater has a number of great links to people thinking, writing, postulating about the history of the AIDS epidemic and where we are now.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2007 and 2008 is "Leadership" which is being forwarded by continuing the call to "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise."

Also, NPR has featured a number of stories on the subject:

AIDS Epidemic Grows Among Children
Battling Pediatric AIDS, Saving Lives in Africa

Many Americans With HIV Don't Know They Have It

There was also an interesting series of stories about the complexities of setting up a sustainable infrastructure for the delivery of Anti-RetroViral medications to patients on the African continent.

Update : December 2, 2008

Today I was checking out one of my fav bloggers Tayari Jones site. Recent United States Artist Foundation Awardee (Congratulations Ms. Jones!), and birthday celebrant (again: Congratulations, 38 is looking good on you!) posted about World AIDS Day and linked to some good stuff, including a post from one of my other fav bloggers, Reggie H. But most important was the title of the post: "World AIDS Day. Get Tested. I Did."

I sometimes forget how important it is to say this. Not the "get tested" part, but the "I did."

So let me add my voice to the chorus of folks of African descent encouraging others to take care of their health: Get Tested. I Did.

In response to the question Jones herself poses on her site, why did I get I get tested, I can second Ms. Jones' response: "Why? Because I needed to know, just like you need to know." That's the truth folks. Most African Americans get diagnosed with full-blown AIDS, not HIV which means they get often get diagnosed after they're already an an acute stage of illness. Full-blown AIDS has fewer treatment options, can necessitate more extreme intervention, and has a shorter life-expectancy than HIV. Also with diagnosis and effective treatment at the HIV stage, the advancement to AIDS and serious opportunistic infections and illness can be delayed considerably. So at the risk of sounding like a parrot on Ms. Jones shoulder, "find a testing site near you" and get tested. This is not a situation where no news is good news, folks. Along with getting tested find out about how best to protect yourself from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Scarleteen: sex education for teenagers, young adults, parents and their allies; now celebrating their 10th Anniversary providing "Sex Education for the Real World."
San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI): providing "free, confidential, accurate, non-judgemental information about sex" since 1972. Accessible via phone or email.
American Social Health Association (ASHA): "The American Social Health Association is a trusted, non-profit organization that has advocated on behalf of patients to help improve public health outcomes since 1914. We are America's authority for sexually transmitted disease information."
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National STD-AIDS Hotline
Hours: 24 hours
(800) 342-2437 (English & Spanish)


Some additional thoughts....
• From Susan Campbell's brief commentary in the Hartford Connecticut Courant:
"Today, on World AIDS Day, remember the 33 million people living with HIV worldwide. Remember also that in this country, AIDS is the number one killer of African American women between the ages of 25 and 34.

"And remember the HIV rate in our nation's capital rivals that of sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in 20.

"More here."

• The "here" referenced by Campbell is an August 2008 report from the Black AIDS Institute a national non-profit policy center located in Los Angeles, California. Some excerpts from the report:

"The number of people living with HIV in Black America exceeds the HIV populations in seven of the 15 focus countries of the U.S. government’s PEPFAR [The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief] initiative. Many of the factors that make HIV so challenging in other countries are the same ones that drive the epidemic in Black America."(p.5)

"If Black America was a country, its AIDS epidemic would be nearly the size of the AIDS
epidemic in Côte d’Ivoire."(p.6)

"If Black America was a country, its economy would be almost as large as that of South Africa."(p.9)

"If Black America were a country, it would have about the same population as New York, Massachuetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and
Maine combined."(p.18)

"Representing about one in eight Americans, Blacks account for one in every two people living with HIV in the U.S., and notwithstanding extraordinary improvements in HIV treatment, AIDS remains the leading cause of death among Black women between 25-34 years of age and the second leading cause of death in Black men between 35-44 years of age." (p.11)

"Global AIDS leaders should break the silence on AIDS in Black America. Although the U.S. government should be lauded for its landmark PEPFAR initiative, it should also be held accountable for its failure to address the epidemic within its borders. The fact that the U.S. is one of about 40 countries that failed to submit national AIDS progress reports to UNAIDS in 2008 is telling."(13)

You'll note AIDS/HIV is still an issue in Latina/o communities and white/European American communities as well. Here's a chart from the CDC for 2006 numbers (the available rates as of June 10, 2008). The CDC Fact sheet for "HIV/AIDS Among African Americans" was revised August, 2008. See Endnote for rates among other ethnic groups.




One of the concluding messages of the report is a call to action, see below:











Endnote:
• AFP coverage: "South African observes silence for World AIDS Day"
• MSNBC story "New hope on AIDS in Africa" includes profile of Cape Town Fertility Clinic, and "Access to Life a multimedia project funded by The Global Fund to document efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in nine nations."
• CDC Factsheets revised August 2008: HIV/AIDS among Asians and Pacific Islanders ,
National HIV/AIDS Hispanic/Latino Response: Presentation from the 2008 HIV Prevention Leadership Summit, includes CDC statistics.
• Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV/AIDS webpage

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11 Comments:

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Great post.

I was listening to WBAI on Monday night when they shared another alarming stat: Despite the fact that white gay men still engage in more at-risk behavior, their rate of HIV infection is half that of Black men.

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger John K said...

This is an excellent post. I tend not to write about getting tested and being negative in part because of a long history, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s, of having friends and lovers be poz while I was neg and watching various kinds of divisions--psychological, emotional, social--grow. There was a whole discourse in the late 1980s that was so pro-neg, and then, as you'll recall, there was a backlash in the late 1990s where some men went out of their way to romanticize being positive, champion barebacking, and so on, and that was around the time I founded a group to address this issue, but found that most brothas just didn't want to talk about HIV/AIDS, or talked about sex as if this issue had been resolved, which it hasn't. I do give Tayari props, as I did Obama when he publicly championed testing and got tested, and I still do it--I got tested just this past August--but I sometimes feel that I have to continue the statement, which brings back the ghosts of the (my) past.

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger audiologo said...

Thanks Rob, that's sobering information.

Thanks John, for reminding me of those times. I do remember that era of romanticization of barebacking. It was/and is really scary that some gay men felt that was a way to deal with their deep ambivalences regarding HIV-neg status. And then there were those young gay men of color who were finally able to access social services that allowed them live an improved quality of life once they sero-converted. Only being connected with resources such as housing and job-training advocacy, after surrendering long-term health, says something deeply troubling about the state of social services and their accessibility in this country. I really appreciate your comment. It speaks to, to paraphrase Kara Keeling, the unequal ways the benefits of visibility are distributed: e.g.: a black gay man continuing to affirm his HIV-negative status does so within a markedly different, (though parallel), set of historical dynamics, than a queer black woman, or straight black woman doing so.

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger apostle said...

THE CURE for HIV/AIDS.......AMBUSH

THE IDEA that AMBUSH cures AIDS
is being proven by the more than 400 individuals who have taken a dose of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. The result is that AMBUSH 'KILLS' the virus by causing the protein envelope to rupture and the viral particles are discarded by the white blood cells. AMBUSH is able to 'KILL' the virus that are 'hiding' in the lymph system by its 'natural radioactive' properties. This process allows the body to 'return to normal health' with a corresponding immunity to that or those strains of the virus.

What is AMBUSH ?
AMBUSH is a radioactive isotope of uranium that is found in the 'palm' plant of which there are more than 3000 species. When ingested, AMBUSH causes the body temperature in the trunk area to rise to about 102 degrees when the individual is sleeping. The preparation takes four hours per batch, which is then given to the individuals for consumption 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. AMBUSH is a herbal preparation in this form but it contains an active ingredient which is a 'NEW' crystalline substance, a drug from the 'palm plant' similarly to ASPIRIN originating from the willow tree bark

RESULTS:
After 21 days on AMBUSH, ALL the individuals experienced a decrease in viral load to undetectable, an increase in cd4, increase in RBC, an improvement in general health such as more color to the face, decrease in Buffalo hump, an increase in gluteal muscles, a decrease to having no joint pains whereby individuals can bend to touch their toes, and walk up steps are but a few examples. There is also a dramatic increase in their sexual appetite beginning after the first week of therapy

DISCUSSION:
In any plant concoction such as percolated 'tea', there are 30-40,000 compounds, whi ch would take the scientific community twenty years to isolate one particular ingredient if they knew what they were looking for. The LORD GOD has given me seven steps to isolate the active ingredient, which is soft and metallic in nature and has a carbon- uranium-sulfur-(classified)-phentolamine configuration or structure. This is similar to Federick Kekule and the discovery of the benzene ring where he dreamt the structure.

As an antiviral and 'natural radioactivity' producing agent, AMBUSH is also effective against leukemia, lupus and HPV. Here I am saying that I have 'GIVEN' AMBUSH in the same 'strength' and dosage to patients with leukemia, lupus and HPV. A 35 year old male with HIV found it difficult to impossible to urinate was put on 'green tea' and water while the doctors contemplated prostrate surgery. One of the doctors gave him my number , I sent him a supply of AMBUSH an d he has not been given any more ARV's, since taking AMBUSH 18 months ago, is in 'good' health and has expressed a willingness to be examined by HIV investigators like many others who have taken AMBUSH.

I have sent this 'IDEA' to most HIV research agencies, scientist of the field, universities, hospitals, clinics, politicians and news agencies to which it is REJECTED because the name of THE LORD GOD is mentioned. He has steered me scientifically through the processes such as which plant and how to produce the active ingredient. What are the odds of a Florida Pharmacist picking a plant would contain the CURE for HIV/AIDS ?
I have never charged any of the people for their supply of AMBUSH but a life saving has been spent on the project with NO renumeration from any sources because AMBUSH falls outside the walls of modern medicine and research.

PROPOSAL:

My proposal is that I PROVE that AMBUSH CURES HIV/AIDS by giving it to a number of END-STAGE or DRUG-RESISTANT people and the scientific community watches their recovery. This proposal addresses the problem in that I have already outlaid the results to be obtained.

This IDEA is unconventional in that the scientific community has rejected AMBUSH because I say it is GOD given. Secondly if I wrote it according to certain standards, then it might be peer reviewed. However, THE LORD GOD has also shown me that there are five enzyme systems associated with the virus, reverse transcriptase, protease, fusion and two more of which causes the virus to be AIRBOURNE. This means that without DIVINE intervention mankind and ALL warm- blooded mammals will be extinct in a number of years.

The PROOF of what I am saying is found in scientific papers wherein it is found that when the protease cuts the viral strands, it cuts it at DIFFERENT lengths EVERY time, to which it should always be a valine at the end but is a different amino acid every time. This is why it is IMPOSSIBLE to produce a VACCINE.

Since this is NOT a hypothesis but there are about 400 individuals who have taken AMBUSH, here lies a vast area in which to check, recheck and confirm that AMBUSH CURES AIDS. Let it be mentioned that during the HIV reproductive cycle, reverse transcriptase converts viral RNA into DNA compatible to human genetic materials. Thus the human DNA has been 'hijacked' and since each person has a DIFFERENT DNA, then the new viral copy is unique to that person which shows that each individual has a DIFFERENT STRAIN of the virus. Consider two HIV positive people swapping viral strains and increasing its complexity with multiple partners.
It can also be proposed that they be revisited as proof that the strain or strains that they had were 'killed' at the time of taking AMBUSH considering that a person can catch as many different strains as there are people who are infected by HIV.
I am also willing to work with the scientific community in identifying those individuals who took AMBUSH and wish to be identified with this process notwithstanding that some are stigmatized while others are jubilant,

Once AMBUSH is verified as being able to accomplish that which is aforementioned then the next stage might be the natural and artificial synthesis of the substance.

Finally, if this is accepted or not, believed or not, THE LORD GOD always wins and this is the heavenly truth to which AMBUSH was divinely given to mankind for the CURE of HIV/AIDS and it will be here forever. Apostle Shada Mishe.

apostleshadamishe@gmail.com

Here is a video taped presentation that I gave at t he Martin Luther King library in Washington

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V53D1w__Po
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPwuwlVBOV0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZejptOwMTzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqcTgIAhrhc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7HPKcT_iwY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9iQfgiYAnw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RzRS6tJDM

 
At 2:34 PM, Anonymous maggie.danhakl@healthline.com said...

Hi,

I hope this finds you well. Healthline just released an informative article with graphics regarding HIV/AIDs facts in the US and around the World. The page details who is being effected and the cost of treatment. You can check out the resource here: http://www.healthline.com/health/hiv-aids/facts-statistics-infographic

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