Despite an increase in HIV testing, a new study has found that the percentage of patients being screened for the disease is still far lower than the levels called for by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency has called for all individuals between the ages of 13 and 64 to be tested at least once in their lives. However, researchers from Case Western University found that healthcare providers often miss opportunities to provide testing, according to Medscape Today.
Carolinians struggling with the lack of health insurance will soon get much-needed help when the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC), in conjunction with the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics, holds its next C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic at the Charlotte Convention Center on December 7.
"America's 1,200 free clinics serve as a lifeline to high-quality health care for so many in our country," NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux said. "While this year has been historic with the passage of health care reform and the sweeping change in Congress, millions of Americans struggle every day with a cold truth that health care is not affordable or accessible."
Last Tuesday's election results have far-reaching implications for the nation's response to the AIDS epidemic and other health related issues in Black America. While the national media has focused attention on the "Tea Party" movement, most Republicans elected to Congress were mainstream conservatives. Yet all share a common political platform of deficit reduction, extending the Bush-era tax cuts, and hostility toward President Obama's signature legislative achievement: health care reform. These realities jeopardize the progress we've made so far toward ending the AIDS epidemic in Black communities and improving general health outcomes for Black people. They underscore the urgent need to reinvigorate our efforts to compel the nation's decision-makers to address a health crisis that isn't going away.