Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-02-22



HIV numbers worse than previously thought
News Update Sun., Aug. 3, 2008
by David Ernesto Munar

This article shared 2585 times since Fri Aug 1, 2008
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

MEXICO CITY ( Aug. 2 ) —Forty percent more people in the United States were infected with HIV than previously estimated in 2006, federal researchers announced ahead of the 17th International AIDS Conference.

The analysis, published in the Aug. 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association ( JAMA ) , determined that 53 percent of 2006 infections resulted from male-to-male sexual contact. By race and ethnicity, 45 percent were believed to occur among Black individuals and 17 percent among Hispanics.

Rumors about the new figures led federal officials to lift an embargo on the data ahead of the official briefing to reporters about the research findings. AIDS activists had called for the release of the new data for nearly a year and speculated openly at the December 2007 National HIV Prevention Conference whether the release had been intentionally suppressed to shield the federal government from criticism for rising HIV infection rates.

'This improved estimate means little if it does not serve as the spark to inflame our collective anger about the deadly neglect of an acute emergency,' said Mark McLaurin, board member for the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project ( CHAMP ) . 'This week, President Bush signed a new global AIDS bill, but persistent underfunding and restrictions here at home tie our hands in combating the epidemic in our own backyard.'

The new figures suggest escalating rates of infection among African American and Latino gay men, populations McLaurin and others said have been virtually ignored by government HIV prevention programs.

'The time to argue whether this is a Black epidemic or a gay disease is over. It's absolutely and distinctly both, as we will see in this new data,' said McLaurin. 'And if you are a young, gay Black man, the likelihood that you will encounter HIV is staggeringly high, even if your personal behavior is no more 'risky' than people in other communities.'

AIDS advocates noted that only four of 49 HIV prevention interventions endorsed as 'effective or highly effective' by CDC researchers target gay men. And none of the 49 were designed for gay men of color.

'Where infection rates for other populations are holding steady or showing slight declines, HIV infections among gay men tragically continue to climb, said Jim Pickett, AIDS Foundation of Chicago advocacy director. 'This is a direct result of years of policy and programs that demonize and ignore the sexual health needs of gay men, especially African-American and Latino gay men who bear the brunt of the epidemic in the U.S.'

Others called the new findings a wake-up call for the U.S. to develop and implement a more rigorous approach to achieve progress on anti-HIV efforts in the United States.

'Our country has no national AIDS strategy; flat, and then actually declining, funding for HIV prevention; persistent, Jesse Helms-era restrictions on proven means of effective prevention; and the pernicious intersection of HIV and major social injustices, such as mass imprisonment, said Walt Senterfitt, CHAMP board chair of Los Angeles in a statement.

'Shortly after this announcement, Sens. [ John ] McCain and [ Barack ] Obama will speak at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, where they will face questions on HIV/AIDS,' he added. 'Will they take this opportunity to call out for bold measures in the domestic epidemic, including a national AIDS strategy, full funding for honest HIV prevention and groundbreaking research, and an end to homophobic abstinence-only-until-marriage programs? Or will they continue to relegate the domestic epidemic to the back-burner of this campaign?'

Researchers used back-calculation methods to estimate annual HIV infection trends as far back as 1977. The analysis shows that U.S. HIV infections peaked at 130,000 infections annually in the early 1980s, dropped to 85,000 from 1985 to 1990, and then fluctuated between 50,000 to 60,000 from 1990 to 2006.

Annual HIV infections among Black individuals peaked at 45,000 cases as early as 1985, surpassing infections among white individuals estimated at 31,000 that year. HIV infections among Latinos also peaked in 1985 at 18,000 annual infections.

By mode of transmission, infections among men who have sex with men ( MSM ) led all other risk groups in the 1980s, declined in the early 1990s, below the number of infections estimated for injection drug users ( IDUs ) , and then increased again as the leading mode of transmission in 1994. Annual HIV infections for MSM have steadily increased since 1994. IDU cases declined slightly since 1994 and heterosexually acquired HIV infections also began to decline in 2000.

David Ernesto Munar is on assignment covering the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City for Windy City Times. He is a vice president at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and chairs the board of the National Association of People with AIDS.

This article shared 2585 times since Fri Aug 1, 2008
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Gay News

31ST annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raises more than $9 million 2023-03-13
--From a press release - LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2023 — The 31st annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish, with special guests Eric McCormack and Michaela Jae Rodriguez, raised more ...

Gay News

Returning World of Chocolate event nets $250K 2023-02-22
- On Feb. 17, AIDS Foundation of Chicago's (AFC) annual fundraiser, World of Chocolate returned after a three-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the event was held in the main entry way of Union ...

Gay News

Gov. Pritzker Proposes $5M cut to state HIV funding 2023-02-17
--From a press release - Feb. 16, 2023—Speaking before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor JB Pritzker delivered his annual State of the State and Budget address ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Mayor's honor, sexuality oath, Big Freedia, TikTok COO, AIDS Quilt 2023-02-11
- Openly gay San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria recently became the latest recipient of the Latino Leaders Network's Antonio Villaraigosa Leadership Award during the organization's Tribute to Mayors, the Los Angeles Blade reported. The biannual event, held ...

Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jerrod Carmichael, Alan Cumming, Andre Leon Talley, AIDS drama 2023-02-05
- Openly gay stand-up comic and recent Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael is set to star in a comedy documentary series for HBO, according to Entertainment Weekly. The yet-untitled series will center on Carmichael's personal life, following ...

Gay News

AFC's World of Chocolate on Feb. 17 2023-01-02
- After a nearly three-year hiatus, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) will host the return of its famed World of Chocolate fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 17, at Union Station, 225 S. Canal St. This event features a menu ...

Gay News

Chicago activist Jeff Berry discusses advocacy for aging persons living with HIV 2022-12-08
- For longtime Chicago activist Jeff Berry, becoming the first executive director of the Reunion Project—a national alliance centering aging persons living with HIV, which Berry co-founded in 2015—was a significant ...

Gay News

Annual STRUT event shines spotlight on World AIDS Day 2022-12-07
- On the evening of Nov. 4, the annual STRUT fashion show celebrated its 13th edition at Joe's on Weed St. As in the past, STRUT shined its spotlight on up-and-coming young fashion designers while raising funds for ...

Gay News

PRCC-VIDA/SIDA event marks World AIDS Day with Vigil and Baton show 2022-12-05
- On Dec. 1, the Puerto Rican Community Center (PRCC) and Vida/SIDA celebrated World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil in the afternoon and a commemorative show at The Baton Show Lounge in the evening. The earlier ...

Gay News

Chicago's sweetest party and fundraiser, World of Chocolate returns In-person Feb. 17 at Union Station 2022-12-05
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — Glitz, glamour and chocolate…after a nearly three-year hiatus, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) proudly announces the return of its famed World of Chocolate fundraiser on Friday, February 17 at Union Station ...

Gay News

Cleve Jones, founder of AIDS Memorial Quilt, honored with Lifetime of Commitment Award on World AIDS Day 2022-12-03
-- From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2022) — The National AIDS Memorial marked World AIDS Day with a national observance at the 10-acre National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco, honoring AIDS activist and founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt ...

Gay News

Pritzker administration announces highly effective HIV treatment coming to Illinois in 2023 2022-12-02
-- From a press release - CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today on World AIDS Day that a new, long-acting HIV treatment called Cabenuva will become available to thousands of ...

Gay News

World AIDS Day: GLAAD releases 2022 State of HIV Stigma Study 2022-12-01
-- From a press release - (New York, NY - December 1, 2022) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is releasing its third annual State of HIV Stigma ...

Gay News

Peppermint barks while Broadway bangs, and all the other dish to start the week 2022-11-28
- "I love Broadway. I love what they do—Broadway Cares, but I also want to say the show is extraordinary!" —Nicole Kidman's impromptu speech after bidding $100K to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for Hugh Jackman's hat after ...

Gay News

Lambda Legal challenges anti-HIV military policy 2022-11-13
- Lambda Legal filed a legal challenge to the U.S. military policy that prevents people living with HIV from enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces, according to a press release. The current policy requires that applicants for ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.