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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HIV/AIDS Digital Press Kit
"Facing HIV/AIDS with Native Communities" Video Now Available
- American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) experience a higher rate of new infections of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) when compared with Caucasian and Asian/Pacific Islander populations.
- HIV/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is communicable and has no cure or vaccine, although new therapies are continually emerging that extend the quality and length of life and reduce the spread of infection.
- To help combat AIDS in American Indians and Alaska Natives, IHS created a video called “Facing HIV/AIDS with Native Communities” to promote testing in Native communities. To view this video and educate yourself and others about the importance of HIV testing, please visit the IHS HIV/AIDS Program webpage.
Did you know . . . ?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 25 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native people living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2009 were unaware of their infection.
If diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, American Indian and Alaska Native people have one of the shortest survival times of all Americans diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Only 81 percent lived longer than 36 months after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS during the 2003 through 2007 time period.
While 75 percent of the American Indian and Alaska Native people who found out they were living with HIV in 2010 were linked to medical care with three months, this was the lowest proportion of any group.
Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, IHS Acting Director
"HIV and AIDS are a growing problem in Indian Country. Indian people have one of the shortest survival times among people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. It is my sincere hope that you will be tested for HIV and work to reduce the stigma around HIV/AIDS."
Dr. Susan Karol, IHS Chief Medical Officer
"The Indian Health Service is fully committed to making improvements in health care for American Indian and Alaska Native people living with HIV/AIDS, so we can protect the well-being of our communities."
Dr. Jonathan Iralu, IHS Chief Clinical Consultant for Infectious Diseases
"We have shown the positive impact of focused HIV/AIDS screening, education, treatment, and prevention in a group of IHS facilities. Now is the time to offer the opportunity to have an ‘AIDS Free Generation’ to all American Indian and Alaska Native communities that we serve."
Ms. Lisa Neel, Program Analyst, IHS HIV Program
"The National HIV/AIDS Program invites all people to ‘Take the Test, Take Control,’ to be aware of HIV/AIDS status. By incorporating HIV/AIDS testing into regular health checkups, we can provide treatment as soon as possible and limit the spread of this preventable disease."
General information about HIV/AIDS and prevention
Information about National HIV Testing Day
How IHS is combating HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS and American Indians and Alaska Natives