Undectable HIV positive people in the US responsibile for zero new transmissions

A red ribbon at the White House for World AIDS Day

A new report out of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals HIV positive people who are undetectable have been responsible for no new transmissions in the United States.

The institute published the new report on the first day of CDC’s 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference.

A majority of new transmissions — about 80% — come from people who don’t know they are positive or people who aren’t receiving treatment.

Broken down, 15% of people unaware of their status accounted for 38% of new transmissions. Meanwhile, 23% of people not receiving treatment despite knowing their status are responsible for 43% of new transmissions.

Chart of HIV transmissions in the US

Chart of HIV transmissions | Photo: CDC

‘Today, we have the tools to end the HIV epidemic,’ said Jonathan Mermin, MD, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

He continued: ‘But a tool is only useful if it’s in someone’s hands. This is why it’s vital to bring testing and treatment to everyone with HIV – and to empower them to take control of their lives and change the course of the epidemic.’

What the US is doing

‘We have an unprecedented opportunity to end the HIV epidemic in America,’ said Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD.

‘We must close these glaring gaps in HIV prevention and care, and we must start now.’

During Donald Trump’s State of the Union address this year, he vowed to end new HIV transmissions in the US by 2030.

Part of his plan includes his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020. In it, he allocated $291 million to the Department of Health and Human Services. This money is specifically allocated to end the transmission of HIV.

However, he also proposed cutting over $1 billion to the global fight against HIV.

CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, outlined the four ‘key strategies’ in ending the HIV epidemic: ‘Diagnose, treat, protect, and respond.’

‘These new Vital Signs data show the tremendous impact we can have by helping all Americans living with HIV know their diagnosis, quickly get into treatment, and remain in care to stay healthy,’ he concluded.

See also

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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Zombie Deer Outbreak In At Least 24 States Warns CDC

This is not a drill people.

Zombie Deerby TallHobbit

According to the CDC, as of last month, CWD in free-ranging deer, elk and moose has been reported in at least 24 states, including New York.

“‘Zombie Deer Disease,” aka Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), has not been found in New York since 2005,” the CDC wrote in a statement. “New York State successfully stopped CWD from spreading in the state with a rapid response plan. DEC has vigorous controls and there has been no movement of CWD into New York with regulations prohibiting importations of any carriers.

The CDC describes CWD as a “prion” disease. “Prions also known as “transmissible spongiform encephalopathies” (TSEs) are a family of rare progressive neurodegenerative disorders that affect both humans and animals. They are distinguished by long incubation periods, characteristic spongiform changes associated with neuronal loss, and a failure to induce inflammatory response.”

Prions also cause “Mad Cow Disease.”

According to Channel 4 News of the Carolinas: “The disease is a fatal, progressive, neurodegenerative illness that was first identified in the 1960s. It is similar to mad cow disease, in that it is spread by prions, pathogenic proteins that aren’t alive, so they can’t be killed.”

When the disease infects an animal, the prions eat away at the animal’s brain, often causing a symptoms that resemble dementia and eventually cause death.

Although unlikely, prion diseases have been known to jump species, as Mad Cow did to humans who unknowingly consumed the meat of infected cows.

So far there is no indication that this will happen in this case, but it’s still a concern to the CDC and government health departments.

Says the CDC: “To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. However, animal studies suggest CWD poses a risk to some types of non-human primates, like monkeys, that eat meat from CWD-infected animals or come in contact with brain or body fluids from infected deer or elk. These studies raise concerns that there may also be a risk to people. Since 1997, the World Health Organization has recommended that it is important to keep the agents of all known prion diseases from entering the human food chain.”

Zombie Deer by peerro.

Art: zombie Deerby peerro

Prions are the same thing

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Trump will pledge an end to HIV transmission in State of the Union address

Donald TrumpDespite his disastrous record on fighting HIV and constant attacks on LGBTQ people, Trump will pledge to end an epidemic he’s ignored.

Author: Alex Bollinger

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