If black America were a country, it would rank 16th in the world in the number of people living with the AIDS virus, the Black AIDS Institute, an advocacy group, reported Tuesday
Nearly 600,000 African-Americans are living with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, and up to 30,000 are becoming infected each year. When adjusted for age, their death rate is two and a half times that of infected whites, the report said. Partly as a result, the hypothetical nation of black America would rank below 104 other countries in life expectancy.
Those and other disparities are “staggering,” said Dr. Kevin A. Fenton, who directs H.I.V. prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal agency responsible for tracking the epidemic in the United States.
“It is a crisis that needs a new look at prevention,” Dr. Fenton said.
In a separate report on Tuesday, the United Nations painted a somewhat more optimistic picture of the worldwide AIDS epidemic, noting that fewer people are dying of the disease since its peak in the late 1990s and that more people are receiving antiretroviral drugs.
Nevertheless, the report found that progress remained uneven and that the future of the epidemic was uncertain. The report was issued in advance of the 17th International AIDS Conference, which begins this weekend in Mexico City.
The gains are partly from the Bush administration’s program to deliver drugs and preventive measures to people in countries highly affected by H.I.V.
The Black AIDS Institute took note of that program in criticizing the administration’s efforts at home. The group said that more black Americans were living with the AIDS virus than the infected populations in Botswana, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Namibia, Rwanda or Vietnam — 7 of the 15 countries that receive support from the administration’s anti-AIDS program.
The international effort is guided by a strategic plan, clear benchmarks like the prevention of seven million H.I.V. infections by 2010 and annual progress reports to Congress, the group said. By contrast, it went on, “America itself has no strategic plan to combat its own epidemic.”
In a telephone interview, Dr. Fenton said, “We recognize this is a crisis, and clearly more can be done.”
The institute, based in Los Angeles, describes itself as the only national H.I.V./AIDS study group focused exclusively on black people. Phill Wilson, the group’s chief executive and an author of the report, said his group supported the government’s international anti-AIDS program. But Mr. Wilson’s report also said that “American policy makers behave as if AIDS exists ‘elsewhere’ — as if the AIDS problem has been effectively solved” in this country.
The group also chided the government for not reporting H.I.V. statistics to the United Nations for inclusion in its biannual report.
Dr. Fenton said the C.D.C. had ensured that its data were forwarded to officials in the Department of Health and Human Services and was investigating why the data were not in the United Nations report.
Others speaking for the agency said the answer would have to come from the State Department, which did not respond to an inquiry.
Dr. Helene Gayle, president of CARE and a former director of H.I.V. prevention efforts at the disease control centers, told reporters on Tuesday that the United States needed to devote more resources to care for people with sexually transmitted diseases. Such infections can increase the risk of H.I.V. infection.
The federal government and communities needed to promote more testing among all people, particularly blacks, to detect H.I.V. infection in its earliest stages when treatment is more effective, Dr. Gayle said.
Also, she said, more needed to be done to promote needle exchange programs, which have proved effective in preventing H.I.V. infection among injecting drug users but that are illegal in many places.
The United Nations report said that in Rwanda and Zimbabwe, changes in sexual behavior had led to declines in the number of new H.I.V. infections.
Condom use is increasing among young people with multiple partners in many countries and more young people are postponing their initial sexual intercourse before age 15.
The percentage of pregnant women receiving antiretroviral drugs to prevent transmission of H.I.V. to their infants increased to 33 percent in 2007 from 14 percent in 2005. During the same period, the number of new infections among children fell to 370,000 from 410,000.
The United Nations report affirmed treatment gains in Namibia, which increased treatment to 88 percent of the estimated need in 2007, from 1 percent in 2003; and in Cambodia, where the percentage rose to 67 in 2007 from 14 percent in 2004. Other countries with high treatment rates are Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba and Laos.
In most areas of the world, more women than men are receiving antiretroviral therapy, the report said.
Despite inadequate monitoring systems in many countries, data suggest that most of the H.I.V. epidemics in the Caribbean appear to have stabilized. A few have declined in urban areas in the Dominican Republic and Haiti which have had the largest epidemics in the region.
Increased treatment was partly responsible for a decline in AIDS-related deaths to an estimated 2 million in 2007 from 2.2 million in 2005.
The AIDS epidemic has had less overall economic effect than earlier feared, the report said, but is having profound negative effects in industries and agriculture in high-prevalence countries.
The United Nations has set 2015 as the year by which it hopes to reverse the epidemic. But even if the world achieved that goal, the report said, “the epidemic would remain an overriding global challenge for decades.”
To underscore the point, the United Nations said that for every two people who received treatment, five people became newly infected.
Antibodies produced in response to simple infections like a cold or the flu can cause a positive reaction on an HIV antibody test. A flu shot and other immunizations can also create positive HIV ELISA and Western Blot results. Having or having had herpes or hepatitis may produce a positive test, as can vaccination for hepatitis B.
Exposure to microbes such as those that cause tuberculosis and malaria commonly cause false positive results, as do the presence of tapeworms and other parasites. Conditions such as alcoholism or liver disease and blood that is altered through drug use can cause the production of antibodies that react on HIV antibody tests. Pregnancy and prior pregnancy can also cause a positive response. HIV-positive response means nothing of any relevance to health : it can be triggered by vaccination, malnutrition, M.S., measles, influenza, papilloma virus wart, Epstein Barr virus, leprosy, glandular fever, hepatitis, pre syphillis, pregnancy ... : over 29 different conditions can cause a positive hiv test.
In one study, 13% of Amazonian Indians who do not have AIDS and who have no contact with people outside their own tribe tested HIV positive. In another report, 50% of blood samples from healthy dogs reacted positively on HIV antibody tests. DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?
so, once these people test "positive" on these flawed tests, they are put on deadly drugs that is not meant to cure anything. these drugs eat away at their immune system, causing them to look like walking deads. whatever disease was discovered by Dr. Gallo and the NIH, certainly was not a disease called AIDS.
when Dr. GAllo was on trial in australia, he even admitted that there is a possibility that hiv does not equal aids, but how many of yall know this.
Just another source on how these "statistics" are manipulated to villify black people and black men and how falliable even the testing procedures are.
70% percent of mixed race couples are black men with white women. Please explain to me why these white women are not getting HIV It's BULL SH.. Now there are many 80's babies who are infected with HIV due to the crack epidemic but, it is not as ramped as they say. I am no government theorist by any means, but I do know that our government would love to get rid of us. These stats are another strike under our belt (now black women have to walk around with the stigma that we are HIV positive Sorry, I will NOT own that. especially when intravenous drug users are mostly Hispanics and white males The government does not share the news of how the black race is declining before our very eyes before you post comments read and do some research.
NEW BOOK LINKS HIV/AIDS TO AFRICAN AMERICAN GENOCIDE: COMPELLING NATIONAL SECURITY DOCUMENTS TARGET BLACK GROUPS
July 29, 2008. Sandpoint, ID — A new book by an award winning health science writer, Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz, concludes that the predilection of HIV/AIDS for black America and Africa is the likeliest result of successful national security policies advanced during the Nixon and Carter administrations. Compelling national security documents reveal the intentional targeting of black Americans and Africans for population control, including depopulation, as is being accomplished by the AIDS epidemic today.
Not likely a coincidence, according to U.S. Government documents reprinted in Death in the Air: Globalism, Terrorism and Toxic Warfare (Tetrahedron, LLC, 2001; 1-888-508-4787), every sociopolitical and economic outcome secretly planned for Black America and Africa by intelligence agencies during the Nixon and Carter years, has come to pass. Dr. Horowitz, a Harvard graduate in public health and emerging diseases expert, likewise links the AIDS epidemic's devastating toll on Black populations as reflective of the secret policies.
During the early 1970s, Dr. Horowitz writes, National Secret Security Memorandum 200, advanced by Nixon's National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, called for massive Third World depopulation among efforts to maintain the economic alignment of the superpowers. Zbigniew Brzezinski, who replaced Dr. Kissinger for the Carter administration, secretly dispatched National Security Memorandum 46 to cabinet chiefs only. This document, the most telling, authorized the FBI and CIA to initiate genocidal policies.
Genocide is defined as the mass killing of people for economic, political, and/or ideological reasons. According to Dr. Horowitz, this term is contextually consistent with Dr. Kissinger's security policy that specifically cited the economic need to dramatically reduce African populations, and Brzezinski's memorandum that explained that Black nationalism posed both economic and security threats to America.
" In elaborating U.S. policy toward black Africa," Brzezinski wrote, "direct weight must be given to the fact that there are 25 million American blacks whose roots are African and who consciously or subconsciously sympathize with African nationalism. . . . In the above context, we must envisage the possibility, however remote, that black Americans interested in African affairs may refocus their attention on the Arab–Israeli conflict. Taking into account the African descent of American blacks, it is reasonable to anticipate that their sympathies would lie with the Arabs who are closer to them in spirit and, in some cases, related to them by blood. Black involvement in lobbying to support the Arabs may lead to serious dissension between American blacks and Jews. The likelihood of extremist actions by either side is [serious]." As a result, national security agencies recommended: 1) "Specific steps . . . to inhibit coordinated activity of the black movement in the United States;” 2) “Special clandestine operations . . . by the CIA to generate mistrust and hostility in American and world opinion against joint activity of the two forces, and cause division among black African . . . groups and . . . leaders” considered "radical;" 3) FBI mounted “surveillance operations against black African representatives;” 4) programs to cause “fragmentation and a lack of organizational unity” among African Americans, a “decrease of influence in the movement´s extremist groups;” 5) economic policies to cause “social stratification of the black population, [and] lack of policy options which could reunite them,” including social and economic welfare programs "designed to perpetuate division in the black movement . . . which would increase the widening and perpetuation of the gap between successful educated blacks and the poor, giving rise to growing antagonism between different black groups, weakening . . . the movement as a whole;” 6) the demonization and/or assassination of black leaders to "inhibit the emergence from within the black leadership of a person capable of exerting nationwide appeal,” 7) covert actions to “impede durable ties between U.S. black organizations and radical groups in African states;” and finally 8) "to support the nomination at federal and local levels of loyal black public figures to elective offices, to government agencies and the court . . .” to give the appearance of black leadership and enhance the stratification of social classes among American blacks.
Previously, in his national bestselling book, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola—Nature, Accident or Intentional? (Tetrahedron, LLC Press, 1998), Dr. Horowitz reviewed Dr. Kissinger's oversight of America's biological weapons race. According to testimonies of CIA directors Richard Helms and William Colby before the U.S. Congress, Dr. Kissinger selected the option to develop immune system ravaging viruses similar in definition and function to the AIDS and Ebola viruses. "The curious manner in which HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects Black people in the United States and Africa today," Dr. Horowitz concludes, "likely represents an extension of Dr. Kissinger's African depopulation policies and the development of viruses best capable of effecting them. Brzezinski's policies, too, foreshadow ongoing African American genocide."
Dr. Horowitz began investigating Death in the Air, his thirteenth book, following requests from African Americans in the Boston area to explain toxic pesticide sprayings over mostly Black communities allegedly to control mosquito and West Nile Virus populations. His book questions this and other public health policies that might arguably be called genocidal. Free advice is provided on his website at http://www.tetrahedron.org/. His books, videos, and audiotapes may be found in select libraries, bookstores, and direct from the publisher by calling 1-888-508-4787.