- The Context
- State of the State
World AIDS Day takes place on the first day of December each year, and this year the recognition falls on Saturday.
World AIDS Day is intended to give people worldwide an opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
AIDS is still considered an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and world health organizations. An epidemic occurs when there is an increase in cases of a disease above what is expected in a population area. AIDS infections continue to occur at an alarming rate, worldwide and in the U.S. Statistics from the CDC and hiv.gov indicate:
Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss advances in HIV treament and prevention were Rosemary Browne, president and CEO, Alder Health Services and Dr. Jarrett Sell, family medicine physician, Penn State Health and medical director, Alder Health Services.
:10 – World AIDS Day
3:50 – Impression there is a cure; what has changed with treatment
7:50 – Treatment compliance
14:40 – Stigma
19:20 – Ripple effect of opioid crisis
19:56 – HIV is everywhere
22:48 – Letha’s story