Congress: Stop AIDS: Lift funding ban for needle exchange programs
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Congress: Stop AIDS: Lift funding ban for needle exchange programs

    1. Andrea Kalfoglou
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      Andrea Kalfoglou

      Potomac, MD

AIDS is the leading killer of black men and women ages 15-44 in the U.S. This is obscene.

Public health research has demonstrated that privately funded needle exchange programs are an effective way of reducing the spread of HIV in the IV drug using community. Needle exchange programs are supported by the Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, as well as most public health advocates. Research has also demonstrated that programs do not lead to an increase in the use of illegal drugs. Needles exchange programs DO provide an opportunity to provide HIV prevention counseling, testing, and treatment referral.

"On December 16, 2009, President Obama signed into law an end to the longstanding ban on most Federal funding for needle exchange programs, giving us more opportunities to stop the spread of HIV and other infections among injecting drug users (IDUs). The Administration continues to support a consistent policy that would allow Federal funds to be used in locations where local authorities deem needle exchange programs to be effective and appropriate. Unfortunately, Congress has reinstated the ban."

It is time for Congress to lift its ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      An ex-tenants began to terrorize us because we have noticed that he is a drug addict and probably that he has AIDS. We think he didn't tell his girlfriends and his wife anything! He infected them deliberately with Aids.

      AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections.

      Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.

      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, shortened AIDS, is caused by HIV. Some people may refer to AIDS as advanced HIV infection.

      HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. If left untreated, it can take around ten years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.

      A person is diagnosed with AIDS when they have developed an AIDS related condition or symptom, called an opportunistic infection, or an AIDS related cancer. The infections are called ‘opportunistic’ because they take advantage of the opportunity offered by a weakened immune system.

      It is possible for someone to be diagnosed with AIDS even if they have not developed an opportunistic infection. AIDS can be diagnosed when the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in the blood of an HIV positive person drops below a certain level.

      Worryingly, many people think there is a 'cure' for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS - which perhaps makes them take risks that they otherwise wouldn't. However, there is still no cure for HIV. The only way to ensure that you avoid AIDS is to be aware of how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent HIV infection.

      However, people can take antiretroviral treatment, which suppresses the HIV virus. This can prevent them from reaching a point where they are diagnosed with AIDS. Also, in some cases, it is possible for a person who has an AIDS diagnosis to regain a strong immune system with antiretroviral therapy. However, once somebody is diagnosed with AIDS, officially they keep this diagnosis for life even though in reality an opportunistic infection may be cured or the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in their blood may increase to recommended levels

      Since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS. An estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of AIDS in 2011 alone.

      Although there is no cure for AIDS, HIV infection can be prevented, and those living with HIV can take antiretroviral drugs to prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. However, in many countries across the world access to prevention and treatment services is limited. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV prevention and care, so that millions of deaths can be averted.

      How is AIDS treated?

      HIV TreatmentAntiretroviral treatment can significantly prolong the lives of people living with HIV. Modern combination therapy is highly effective and someone with HIV who is taking treatment could live for the rest of their life without developing AIDS.

      An AIDS diagnosis does not necessarily equate to a death sentence. Many people can still benefit from starting antiretroviral therapy even once they have developed an AIDS defining illness. Better treatment and prevention for opportunistic infections have also helped to improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with AIDS.

      Treating some opportunistic infections is easier than others. Infections such as herpes zoster and candidiasis of the mouth, throat or vagina, can be managed effectively in most environments. On the other hand, more complex infections such as toxoplasmosis, need advanced medical equipment and infrastructure, which are lacking in many resource-poor areas.

      It is also important that treatment is provided for AIDS related pain, which is experienced by almost all people in the very advanced stages of HIV infection.

    • Nusrat Zaman BALTIMORE, MD
      • 9 months ago

      The rate of this vicious virus is far too high, it's time for change.

      • over 1 year ago

      AIDS must be stopped. It is vital to our future.

    • Elizabeth Wolder Levin NEW YORK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Needle exchange saves lives!

    • Rachel Kelly DERWOOD, MD
      • over 1 year ago

      That our government would deny funding for for a public health service that has been proven to be beneficial, without reason for doing so, is deeply upsetting, and should be changed.


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