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US Aims at 25 Percent Reduction in New HIV Infections by 2015

Katherine Tapp, 26, of New York City uses an oral test for HIV inside the HIV Testing Room at the Penn Branch of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles, in southeast Washington, June 27, 2012.Katherine Tapp, 26, of New York City uses an oral test for HIV inside the HIV Testing Room at the Penn Branch of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles, in southeast Washington, June 27, 2012.
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Katherine Tapp, 26, of New York City uses an oral test for HIV inside the HIV Testing Room at the Penn Branch of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles, in southeast Washington, June 27, 2012.
Katherine Tapp, 26, of New York City uses an oral test for HIV inside the HIV Testing Room at the Penn Branch of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles, in southeast Washington, June 27, 2012.
WASHINGTON — The United States is aiming to reduce the number of new HIV infections by 25 percent by 2015.  A top U.S. health official told the International AIDS Conference the goal is part of a national HIV-prevention strategy that other countries should also develop.

Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh told delegates from around the world that national strategies are critical to reducing the spread of AIDS.

"National strategies outline a framework for responding to AIDS in ways that reflect the country's unique epidemiology, disease burden and trends," said Koh.  "And they demonstrate importance of country ownership and the need to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of HIV/AIDS programs."

He said the United States would achieve the 25 percent reduction over the next three years by treating people who already have the virus, and by increasing the proportion who know that they have HIV.  It is estimated that one in five do not their status.

Koh cited a program in Washington, D.C, at the Department of Motor Vehicles.  "So customers waiting in line for a driver's license or other services can get a free HIV test," added Koh.

Koh said 1.1 million Americans are living with AIDS, with around 50,000 new infections annually.  He said the African-American and Latino men who have sex with men, women of color and drug users in urban areas are most affected.

More than 23,000 researchers, activists and others are attending the AIDS conference, which runs until Friday.

Jerome Socolovsky

Jerome Socolovsky is the award-winning religion correspondent for the Voice of America, based in Washington. He reports on the rapidly changing faith landscape of the United States, including interfaith issues, secularization and non-affiliation trends and the growth of immigrant congregations.

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by: Belai Habte-Jesus, MD, MP from: Washington, DC
July 25, 2012 12:39 AM
HIV as a Sexually transmitted disease can only be eradicated if we use the time tested strategy of:'
1. Test every one
2. Contact trace all HIV +ve sexual partners
3. Treat every one that is HIV +ve
4. Isolate those who are HIv +ve from infecting the general public
5. Provide compassionate care for HIV +ve citizens
6. Educate all young people about the ABC of HIV infection and promote Prevention and Pre-emptive life styles.
I do not see this taking place with the current policies of US and International Communities. Unless we treat HIV as a Sexually Transmitted Disease and use the time tested scientific strategies mentioned above, Zero HIV Infection is just pie in the sky!
I regret that the Scientific Community who know better accept any thing different. I for one believe this is the only way out.
I look forward to your creative and innovative alternative suggestions.
with regards
Belai Habte-Jesus, MD, MPH
www.GlobalBelaiJesus.com
GlobalBJesus.com

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