The health experts and medical professionals across the United States have joined hands to create awareness about Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome—the deadliest viral infection having no 100 percent cure till date– as the country observes the 15th National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday (February 7).
The day is recognized as a dedicated event for encouraging the people across the country, especially the African Americans, to get educated about the precautions, symptoms, screening and treatment of the potentially fatal infection.
The medical professionals also intend to aware people about a daily pill, called PrEP, which can prevent HIV infection.
The health experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the African Americans face the most severe burden of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) among all the ethnic and racial groups in the United States.
A CDC report shows black males have more than six times higher rate of new AIDS diagnoses than their white counterparts. In simpler terms, one in every sixteen black males will be contracting the AIDS virus in his lifetime.
However, the doctors and health experts are leaving no stone unturned to create awareness across the country and in Frederick County to educate all, especially the most vulnerable group about the prevention, screening and treatment of the fatal infection.
Deborah Anne, a certified registered nurse for AIDS at the Frederick County Health Department, said, “It’s like the big bullet we’ve been waiting for to stop new infections. I’m proud that here at Frederick County Health Department, we have actually been trying to educate everyone that comes in for HIV testing that if they are putting themselves at risk on a regular basis, this is a good option for them.”
The health experts also assert the Americans to know their HIV status on regular interval. They believe timely screening helps in timely treatment and check the further spread of the potentially fatal infection that targets the immune system of human body.