The NHAS Strategy is on Its Way to Stopping HIV/AIDS

On July 13, 2010 President Obama delivered the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).  This strategy is designed to restrain the spread of infection and to allocate treatment resources that are lacking around the nation.  In Obama’s speech, he asserted three primary goals for the NHAS:

  1. To reduce HIV incidence
  2. To increase access to care and optimizing health outcomes
  3. To reduce HIV-related health disparities

Obama and his Administration developed the NHAS strategy with hope that it will reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.  The strategy will be executed through providing research, prevention, and education efforts.

Historically, the HIV/AIDS catastrophe was first associated with urban, gay, white men, but recently, there has been a transition that changed the focus from urban, gay, white men being the largest community affected, to putting the focus on Black women.  Some research  shows that African American women are 12 times more likely to contract AIDS than Caucasian women.  Additionally, AIDS/HIV is the leading cause of death for African American women ages 25 to 34.  This disease among Black women has grown rapidly due to various reasons such as having unprotected sex, residing in impoverished neighborhoods, and sharing dirty needles while using illegal substances.  For these reasons also, HIV/AIDS is a major concern for Black women today. Of the 33.2 million people globally who are living with HIV or AIDS, Black women make up the largest portion of this population.   

In the United States, roughly one million people live with HIV or AIDS.  This disease not only destroys the lives of the person infected, but it affects the lives of those around them, their communities, and, if nothing is done to stop the spread of this disease, will continue to have lasting effects on our society, too.  This is why President Obama and his Administration are taking a stand with the NHAS strategy because, clearly, the numbers reveal that HIV/AIDS is not a problem that individuals can solve alone.  It is a global problem that needs governmental attention.  

UMKC students can be HIV tested for a fee at UMKC Student Health and Wellness located at 4825 Troost.  If you are not a student and would like to get tested for HIV/AIDS and are not sure about any sites in your local area, please contact the CDC National AIDS Hotline at (800) 342-2437 for English or (800) 344-7432 for Spanish.  This hotline can answer any questions about testing, and can refer you to any testing site in your area.

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