Tennesseans Editorial Examines HIV/AIDS
The Tennessean on Friday published an editorial andthree opinion pieces about HIV/AIDS. Summaries appear below.
"Inadequate Data, Tests Hinder Fight Against Deadly\tVirus": Although sufficient "funding for HIV prevention\tprograms is very important," it is "just as important to\tmake sure adequate data is available before releasing" revised\testimates on the number of new annual HIV cases in the U.S., the\teditorial says. It adds that "finding additional ways to\tprevent the high incidence of HIV" is even "[m]ore\timportant" (Tennessean, 1/4).
Jacqueline Fleming Hampton, "Reassess Prevention\tStrategies for African-Americans": HIV prevention is a "primary\tand cost-effective way to save lives," Fleming Hampton,\tdirector of community outreach at the NIH\tCenter for AIDS Health Disparities Research at Meharry Medical\tCollege, writes. According to Fleming Hampton, it costs $20,000\tannually to treat one HIV-positive person, compared with $10 to\tadminister an HIV test. Fleming Hampton adds that prevention\tprograms targeting blacks "must be restructured to take into\taccount the challenging and complex environments in which many\t[blacks] live, work, play and worship" (Fleming Hampton,\tTennessean, 1/4).
Joseph Interrante, "Now Isn't Time To Cut Prevention\tFunding": The revised estimate on the number of new annual HIV\tcases in the U.S. is "an indictment of failed federal public\thealth policy," Interrante, CEO of the HIV/AIDS prevention\tgroup Nashville\tCARES, writes, noting that federal funding for HIV prevention\thas decreased nearly 20% since 2002. Interrante concludes that a\t"comprehensive national AIDS strategy -- with measurable goals\tand objectives, adequate funding and accountability mechanisms to\tmeasure progress -- is desperately needed" (Interrante,\tTennessean, 1/4).
Sen. Jim Kyle, "Prevention, Education Are State's\tPriorities": Tennessee "continues to benefit from a\tcomprehensive approach to HIV treatment and prevention," state\tSen. Kyle (D) writes, adding that the Tennessee\tDepartment of Health offers HIV counseling, testing and\tcommunity planning. Kyle adds that although such services are the\t"hallmarks of an effective HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment\tprogram," officials also are "responsible" for\taccurately recording the number of people living with HIV/AIDS\tbecause without such numbers, "there is no funding" (Kyle,\tTennessean, 1/4).
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