HIV and AIDS
The extent of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and the devastating disease that it causes, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), remains a critical public health problem for the United States and for the planet. While new and complicated drug regimens have decreased the mortality rate due to this disease, infection rates in the United States have not declined further, and in fact are increasing in certain minority populations. In the US, over 750,000 people are infected with HIV and it is estimated that perhaps as many as another 250,000 may be infected, but remain unaware of their infection. Globally, at the end of the year 2000, over 36 million people are infected worldwide. Most troubling, over 10 percent of the newly infected people are children under the age of 15.
HIV/AIDS is a worldwide pandemic and complacency in combating this disease cannot be accepted. We are perpetually made aware of new treatments of increasing complexity, and new scientific theories concerning the virus are always being advanced. It is extremely important for the practicing physician to understand where we are going with this disease as it is one that is perpetually in the public eye. However, keeping up with this information is extremely difficult. The American Medical Association (AMA), through the use of this Web site, hopes to present updates of the latest HIV information, with the most important aspects of HIV infection, transmission, and treatment.
First drug in new class of HIV/AIDS treatments approved by FDA
Announces FDA approval of T-20, a fusion inhibitor for HIV treatment.
AMA and AAHIVM releases coding guidelines for routine HIV testing
Coding guidelines to support CDC's routine HIV testing recommendation.