WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, a milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS. READ MORE: FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV
We are excited to present you with the Spring 2012 issue of the JSNMA. The theme of this issue is, Targeting Youth to Improve Sexual Health Outcomes a topic that is dear to the heart of the publications committee. With the harrowing numbers of youth in our community affected by STI’s, we felt it necessary to highlight the efforts of many to inform and empower youth regarding sexual health. Also in this issue is a section specifically for our MAPS members, a dedicated body of premedical students that are an intrinsic part of our SNMA membership. Last, this issue features some of our SNMA regions exciting activities from this past year in the regional reports.
1 in 5…. 1 in 5 people in the United States have HIV and do not know their status. AIDS is now the 3rd leading cause of death among black women ages 35-44 and currently 1 in 110 people in the world is infected with HIV.
An article on AIDS Prevention through youth activism by Jonathan Baston
By Gene Valentine: A poem about lost love and HIV disclosure
The same powerful drugs that have extended the lives of countless people with HIV come with a price — insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that only affects humans. Unlike other viruses, it attacks your immune system over time. HIV attacks and destroys the T-Cells or CD-4 cells your body needs to fight infections and uses these cells to reproduce itself. Over time, when there are a minimal number of T-Cells or CD-4 cells in your body, HIV progresses to AIDS.
When HIV was first recognized in 1981, the face of AIDS was the gay Caucasian male, stigmatizing the gay community as the carriers of this debilitating disease. Over the years, HIV/AIDS has affected everyone from I.V. drug users to babies experiencing their first breaths of life. Recent attention has been given to the increased incidence of HIV/AIDS in the MSM (men who have sex with men) population, a unique challenge compounded by issues already affecting the African-American male in today’s society. However, a new face has emerged alongside the MSM – the heterosexual African-American woman. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), AIDS (and its related health conditions) is currently the leading cause of death in African-American women age 25-34. African-American women in the U.S. are diagnosed at a rate of nineteen times that of their white counterparts.