– “World AIDS Day 2017: The Most Critical Yet.”
“On this day thirty years ago, in the midst of a deadly and fast-spreading epidemic, AIDS activists created the first-ever global health day. December 1 has been World AIDS Day ever since.
Today, the AIDS pandemic still claims 1 million lives each year. In all, more than 35 million people have lost their lives to AIDS.
On this day, we honor their memory by renewing our pledge to find a cure,” quoting amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research).
– “Some lessons on World AIDS Day”
“In Washington state, the rate of new HIV cases is now at the lowest level since 1984. More people are being tested for HIV, and public health officials here are working to cut the rate of new infections in half during the 2014- 2020 period, says Tamara Jones, who serves as the state Department of Health’s policy and system coordinator for the End AIDS Washington campaign.
The new-infection rate was 6 cases per 100,000 residents in 2016, down from 6.3 in 2014 when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation setting a goal of half that. Jones and her allies in public health are treating the 2020 goal of 3.2 cases per 100,000 residents as still attainable.
On the down side, as many as 10 percent of the 14,000 Washingtonians living with HIV/AIDS do not know they are infected, according to Jones. State data also show that the number of deaths from AIDS-related causes inched down to 149 in 2015 from a high of 227 a decade before,” by The Olympian Editorial Board.
Blogger Klein is a contributing member of amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research).