COVID-19 has killed nearly 600,000 Americans in 16 months, whereas has AIDS killed 700,000 in 40 years Americans before COVID-19. Health officials are celebrating new medicines and other developments that over the years had gradually tamed HIV. President Donald Trump had announced in 2019 a campaign to “eliminate” the US epidemic by 2030.
There Was A Development Towards AIDS; Covid Slowed Down The Gains
Health officials are looking back at how much COVID-19 affected HIV infections and deaths. They are also analyzing how well testing, prevention, and treatment kept up in the pandemic.
The scientist noted that there has been a decrease in the number of testing which could result in a new number of cases. This could slow down the gains as The US was well managing this epidemic.
The CDC officials were comparing data from April through to September between the years 2019 and 2020, and they found there were 670000 cases less screening comparing the two years.
There also was a 21% national decrease in prescriptions for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP., a kind of medicine people at risk for HIV take to prevent them from getting the virus through sex or injection drug use.
Many US health departments and community organizations had to scale back HIV testing, which is the first step in putting people with the virus on medicine. This t can keep them from spreading it. Also, the manpower in health department workers who did the contact tracing to stop HIV outbreaks was shifted to COVID-19. There was also fear in the patients that even where HIV clinics were open, some people did not want to come in because of fear of catching the coronavirus.“People’s sexual behavior changed for only three months,” but prevention, testing and care disruptions are still going on, he said. This will affect the national goals of dealing with this problem as data released this week showed the number of new infections declining for years, dropping to about 35,000 in 2019.
The health officials decided that after Trump made his announcement in 2019, federal health officials clarified that the actual goal was a huge reduction in new infections over the next ten years — down to fewer than 3,000 a year. Researchers, however, predicted that the Atlanta area alone will see about 900 more HIV cases than normal over the next five years among gay and bisexual men.
There is also the perennial problem of drug overdose and they are still rising, and the shared needles are one way people spread HIV, noted Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director.
Recent increases s in HIV infections in West Virginia were tied to intravenous drug use as part of an ongoing shift in how the virus is spreading there. HIV cases in West Virginia were attributed to injected drugs. In 2019 every 2 out of every 3 new cases were attributed to drug injections
All of this, however, suggests that 90% of the reduction goal will not be met, several experts said, though health officials have not yet abandoned that objective.
Walensky, who is an acclaimed HIV researcher before she became CDC director, said it will be difficult. To achieve that goal, “She said it was doable. However, she doesn’t think they have the resources to achieve it now. Worldwide, officials say there were about 38 million people with HIV/AIDS in 2019. An estimated 1.7 million people contracted HIV in 2019, a 23% decline in new HIV infections since 2019. However, COVID-19 interfered with testing and other health services globally, too. In Africa, one of the continents hardest hit by AIDS, experts noted interruptions in programs that check pregnant women for HIV and that provide male circumcision to reduce their risk of infection were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.