The human immunodeficiency virus is also known as HIV or AIDS which is nothing but acquired immunodeficiency syndrome is nothing but a condition where the human immune system progressively fails to protect the body against foreign bodies and it allows life-threatening infections and cancers to thrive. It is also observed that without treatment, a person with HIV infection can live up to 9 to 11 years based on the HIV subtype. Usually, HIV can be spread through sexual intercourse and occurs by contact with or transfer of blood, pre-ejaculation, semen, and vaginal fluids. The researchers also mentioned that this can be transmitted through same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples if they had sexual intercourse without protection which is condomless.
The Increase In Covid-19 Infection Has Lead To Strides In AIDS
The treatment of human immunodeficiency virus can be usually treated with antiretroviral drugs and in some parts of the world, HIV has become a chronic in which progression to AIDS is increasingly rare. As per the recent research, some of them believe that covid-19 has derailed the fight against HIV and set back a U.S. campaign to decimate the AIDS epidemic by 2030. As per the reports, Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the first report that brought the AIDS virus into public. As per the reports, the battle against HIV that causes AIDS was going well. But because of the covid-19 outbreak in recent years, the treatment against HIV was on hold or undone and because of this outbreak, and the interruption caused by the coronavirus HIV testing and care is on hold.
The former director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy who is now at Georgetown University stated that covid-19 was a huge setback not only to the United States of America but also to the entire world and the economy of the world has taken a huge hit. Covid-19 has killed almost 600,000 Americans in 16 months, and the AIDS virus has killed about 700,000 Americans in over 40 years. Before the covid-19 outbreak, health officials were excited and they were celebrating how new medicines and treatments were useful in gradually taming the HIV prompting virus the president Donald Trump announces 2019 a campaign to eliminate the U.S. epidemic by 2030.
But now, U.S. health officials are gathering the data from the previous infections and treatments, testing, prevention on how the covid-19 infections are affecting the people and causing deaths. As per the recent results, there are signs of backsliding. Samuel Jenness, an Emory University researcher used the Atlanta-area and statistical modeling to project major increases in some sexually transmitted diseases that included human immunodeficiency virus. As per the new results, as the new covid-19 infections halted, there was an increase in the human immunodeficiency virus will increase for at least the next couple of years. Limited data were collected from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that there were large drop-offs in HIV testing and treatment and other services during this pandemic.
As per the data collected from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the lab handles about a quarter of the nation’s HIV tests, and comparing the numbers from March to September last year with the same period before, the agency found there were 670,000 fewer HIV screening tests and 4,900 fewer HIV diagnoses than normal. And it was also found that there was a 21% decline in the prescriptions for pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP. a kind of medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent the further spread of this sexually transmitted disease. Most of the U.S. health departments and community organizations had to scale back HIV testing and other services, the first step in putting the people with the virus to stop from further spreading of the virus in this pandemic. Even when the HIV clinics were open people did not come as they were scared of catching coronavirus.