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Monday, June 30, 2008

Oprah can have an impact on this health issue

I've been writing on the HIV/AIDS issue for some time. My interest has been to get Bill Gates to come forward with enough funding to run a study to show the effectiveness of four simple and inexpensive supplements that may stop the progression of HIV to AIDS.

I've posed this because Gates is caught up in the vaccine folly and so far has been unwilling to consider that there may be a much more effective and useful approach to this major manufactured global health concern.

Surely this effort can be assisted by Ms. Winfrey. Her interest may not be so constrained by formality and status quo pressures as Mr. Gates.

Isn't this one of those "Just Do It" moments?
HIV increase most among young black men, June 30, 2008

ATLANTA, June 30 (UPI) -- The number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses from 2001 to 2006 among men who have sex with men increased 8.6 percent, U.S. health officials said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta conducted an analysis of trends in diagnoses of HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men in the 33 states that have had confidential, name-based HIV case reporting since at least 2001.

From 2001-06, an estimated 214,379 people had HIV/AIDS diagnosed in the 33 states. Of these diagnoses, 46 percent were in men who have sex with men and 4 percent were in men who have sex with men who engaged in illicit injection-drug use, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said.

Among males, men who have sex with men accounted for 97,577, or 63 percent of cases. Men ages 25 to 44 years accounted for 64 percent of cases among men who have sex with men. From 2001-06, a 12.40percent increase in the number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses among all black men who have sex with men was observed; however, an increase of 93.1 percent was observed among black men who have sex with men ages 13 to 24 years.

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