Archive for June, 2008

Cases of HIV Increased Among Young Black Men

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported that the number of HIV/ AIDS diagnoses from 2001 to 2006 among African-American men who have sex with men have increased by 12.4 percent. However, what is more alarming is that a 93.1 percent increase occurred among black men between the ages 13 to 24 years. The findings are part of the analysis of trends that CDCP-Atlanta officials conducted among men who have sex with men in 33 American states. The report was published in the M…

EU Pressures United States in HIV Travel Ban

European Union’s Commissioner for Justice Jacques Barrot questioned U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as to why travelers with HIV are not allowed to make use of the U.S. Visa Waiver Programs. Barrot’s office has been under pressure from Ministers of the European Parliament regarding the ability of HIV-positive individuals to travel into the United States. The issue could become a sticking point as talks between the two parties continue on the subject of EU citizens gaining…

40% of UK Gay Men Unaware of HIV Infection

A survey conducted by MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit among gay men in cities across the United Kingdom has revealed that most of them with undiagnosed HIV infection assumed they were free from the virus. Most of them were previously tested negative and thought they were clear from HIV. This raises fears that these could unknowingly be putting others at risk. The Glasgow-based research firm published their findings over at the journal AIDS.Among 3,500 gay men who were questioned for t…

Frequent Self-Cutting Increases Chances of Contracting HIV

A study published in the June issue of Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics concludes that teenagers who repeatedly cut themselves are more likely to engage in high-risk sexual behavior, which in turn increases their chances of possibly contracting HIV. According to researchers from the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center in Providence, Rhode Island, teens who have cut themselves more than three times tend to use condoms less frequently, were more likely to share cutting in…

Expert Warn Against Complacency on HIV/ AIDS

HIV/ AIDS experts arrive in Kampala, capital of the African country Uganda, for a meeting and have called for increased promotion of HIV/ AIDS prevention in order to stop complacency about the pandemic. Speaking at the opening of a five-day global HIV/ AIDS Implementers’ Meeting, they say that although countries have started recording lower rates of HIV infections, most AIDs responses pay little attention to prevention.Peter Piot, executive director of the Joint United Nations Program for HIV/ A…