Saturday January 19, 2019
SNc Channels:



Jun-10-2011 19:23printcomments

Thirty Years of AIDS in America HIV/AIDS is a Family Issue

Care for yourself and your family in honor of National HIV Testing Day, June 27


(PORTLAND, Ore.) - HIV/AIDS is not solely an individual concern. It is a family issue that we can’t afford to ignore. It affects not only the person living with the virus, but the entire family and, ultimately, our entire community.

“National HIV Testing Day” is June 27 – a good reminder to turn our attention to the ways HIV/AIDS affects our families as well as our community. This month, various campaigns are running across the country to dispel myths, improve education and remind people that HIV has not gone away. But we should not have to wait until June 27 to have a conversation. People should treat HIV like any other disease and incorporate it into their regular dialogue about health.

It has been 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first case of a deadly new syndrome that would come to be known as HIV/AIDS. Over the years, we have made great strides in preventing HIV transmission and treating people with HIV and AIDS. Prescription drugs, long-term care plans, healthy-lifestyle interventions and innovative treatments are improving. Americans with HIV and AIDS are living longer, healthier and more productive lives. But we still have a long way to go.

According to the CDC, more than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, and more than 20 percent of them are living with HIV but are unaware of their infection. The CDC estimates that more than 56,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year, and more than 18,000 people with AIDS die each year in the U.S.

In Oregon, an estimated 3,106 residents are living with a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS, according to the latest CDC data. Among all states, the highest infection rates were in New York, California, Florida and Texas, primarily because the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is highest in major metropolitan areas. The states with the lowest infection rates included North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.

How AIDS Affects African Americans

By race/ethnicity, African Americans are severely and disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS in the United States, according to the CDC. African Americans represent roughly 13 percent of the U.S. population; however, they account for almost half of people living with HIV as well as nearly half of new infections each year, far surpassing any other racial or ethnic group. There is no scientific evidence that demonstrates that African Americans are more susceptible to HIV infection, and efforts to prevent HIV transmission are equally effective in the African-American population as in other populations.

According to the CDC, many African Americans face the same challenges as other ethnic groups that contribute to higher rates of HIV infection, including socioeconomic issues associated with poverty, unprotected sex, injection drug use, lack of awareness of HIV status, and higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The presence of certain STDs can significantly increase the chance of contracting HIV infection.

What We Can Do

HIV/AIDS is both preventable and treatable. Early diagnosis and proper care help people with HIV/AIDS live longer and healthier lives and prevent them from spreading the disease to others. Yet, one in five Americans living with HIV today does not know it. The CDC identifies stigma as a major contributor to the spread of HIV. Shame keeps people from seeking information, speaking openly, using protection, getting tested and treated, and otherwise acting to protect themselves and those they love.

HIV testing is fast, easy, widely available and can be done confidentially. Without needles, rapid HIV tests provide results in less than half an hour. Local health departments can provide information on how to get tested at no cost.

This June, if you feel you may be at risk, give yourself the gift of knowing your HIV status – and encourage those you love to do the same.

To learn more about HIV, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at UnitedHealthcare’s Generations of Wellness® website ( offers online tools and culturally relevant health information to help African Americans enhance their health and quality of life.

By: Dr. Roger Muller is the senior medical director of United Healthcare of Oregon.

Comments Leave a comment on this story.

All comments and messages are approved by people and self promotional links or unacceptable comments are denied.

Natalie June 17, 2011 12:56 pm (Pacific time)

It’s been 30 years. We are long overdue for a solution! Please support re:solve AIDS and the Chronic Disease Fund.

Robert June 11, 2011 4:19 pm (Pacific time)

Grateful for Dr. Paul's comments. He is not alone. Testing is a means of putting people on ARVs which destroy the immune system. If they die, they are said to have died from AIDS.

"Overdiagnosed" makes clear how much money is gained from screenings but how dangerous they are to health.

Robert June 11, 2011 4:14 pm (Pacific time)

IV vitamin C is an easy and excellent treatment for HIV/AIDS. Know of 2 men personally who were in the hospital days from dead, covered in Karposi's sarcoma, and taken out and given IV C and are alive and healthy today. Also know of gay men who routinely use IV C to keep their titers at nearly undetectable levels. No antiretrovirals and in excellent health. Pharma is not thrilled since it's also great for cancer and an NIH study proved Linus Pauling right - IV vitamin C gives "unexpected long survival times" to TERMINAL patients. They said it "should be reassessed" as a treatment for cancer. Another NIH study showed IV vitamin C selectively kills cancer cells so there is no toxicity whatever.

Mark June 10, 2011 10:43 pm (Pacific time)

Most people have herpes/hiv/hpv/hepatitis may feel lonely and shamed. But 70 million are afflicted with STD in the U.S. alone and an estimated over 400 million worldwide. There is an exclusive community stdsingle,com for singles and friends with STD. If you just need to find someone to talk to or need help or advice, this is the best place. Never feel lonely again!

M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. June 10, 2011 10:40 pm (Pacific time)

Please advise people regarding truth of testing. There are no viable tests for either HIV or AIDS. Not one test manufacturer will state that their test(s) are sufficient for diagnosing either HIV or AIDS. READ THE LABELS.. There is a reason for this. This is a dangerous misleading of the public as it is well known that "testing" positive establishes an immediate immune response capable of creating the symptoms of the syndrome. There are so many faults with the entire premise of HIV/AIDS that I strongly advise individuals to look deeply into the construct, the rhetoric, the history, and the science. I have researched this subject from the very first days of its political foundation and there is, after all these years, still no documentation of the proper experiments being conducted to show proof that HIV causes AIDS. Even the so-called founder of the hypothesis, Luc Montagnier, admits the proper science was never done and that what is called AIDS is a nutritional deficiency syndrome best treated with proper diet. Before the usual gaggle of blind believers sets about to label me a "denialist", find the proper studies, do the research, ask realistic questions and challenge me intelligently. Yes.. I am one of the original signers of the request for reappraisal of the HIV/AIDS hypothesis.. the proper way to conduct scientific inquiry.. that was immediately attacked by the mainstream, in the pockets of BIG Pharma, "scientists" who never attempted to respond to the request.. instead, attacking the inquiry as "dangerous", "homophobic" and many other labels... as was done to those researchers who questioned the "empirical dogma of Pellagra, Beri-Beri, SMON, Scurvy and a host of other eventually disproved "scientific facts".

Liz June 10, 2011 8:34 pm (Pacific time)

Living with HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases? Try, the most trusted STD support and dating site. All personal info is private and anonymous.

[Return to Top]
©2019 All opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of

Articles for June 9, 2011 | Articles for June 10, 2011 | Articles for June 11, 2011
Call 503-362-6858 to Order Ahead  or for Party Reservations!

Your customers are looking: Advertise on!

Annual Hemp Festival & Event Calendar

The NAACP of the Willamette Valley

Sean Flynn was a photojournalist in Vietnam, taken captive in 1970 in Cambodia and never seen again.