Health : New Numbers: New Hope
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data for HIV and AIDS through December 31, 2010. The data is based on the date of diagnosis reported to the CDC as of June 30, 2011.
From 2007 through 2010 the rates among lower ages increased (15-24 years old) and in 2010, the largest percentage of all diagnoses (16%) and the highest rate per 100,000 population (36.9) were those for persons aged 20–24 years.
The rates among Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders, whites, and persons reporting multiple races decreased. The rates among Asians and blacks/African Americans remained stable and in 2010, blacks/African Americans accounted for 46% of all diagnoses of HIV infection.
Males accounted for 79% of all diagnoses of HIV infection in 2010 and the annual number of diagnosed HIV infections attributed to male-to-male sexual contact increased.
CDC estimates that there were 47,129 diagnoses of HIV infection in the 46 states reporting in 2010. From the beginning of the epidemic through 2010, there have been 1,129,127 persons diagnosed with AIDS in the United States.
These new numbers come at a time when there is a more optimistic outlook for a cure for HIV.
Researchers have, for the first time, been able to find HIV hidden inside dormant cells, where they can emerge and bring the infection back once HIV medications are stopped.
The small clinical trial enrolled 6 HIV-positive men with undetectable viral loads and stable CD4 counts. The study was successful in encouraging dormant HIV to come out of hiding, where it can be attacked and potentially eradicated.
According to David Margolis, MD, “This study provides first proof of concept, demonstrating disruption of latency, a significant step toward eradication,”
Although there is no cure today, there is continued hope for a world without AIDS.