This December 1st marks World AIDS Day and there is good and bad news to report.
First the positive news, those infected with HIV worldwide is 33 million, not the 39 million previously reported. However, the NY Times
reports that the number of infected with the HIV virus who live in the United States may climb to 58,000 to 63,000 during the most recent 12-month reporting period.
Now the shocking news, considering this comes out of the capital city of the richest nation in the world. From the Voice of America
"A new report released this week (11/26) by the Washington, D.C., government says that about one in fifty people in the nation's capital has AIDS, and as many as one in twenty may have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The annual rate of new AIDS cases in Washington, D.C., is over ten times the national average, and probably the highest of any city in the United States."ABC News
claims it is about linking people to prevention programs. This of course, includes health education messages to reduce risky behavior, and these messages must be geared towards youth and adult who may have poor health literacy skills.
This is just one of many examples why an Office of the National Nurse is needed to lead efforts to stop the AIDS epidemic, and other preventable conditions that wreak havoc on individual lives and their families, not to mention their financial security.
The Board of Directors of the National Nursing Network Organization call on you to support the efforts to establish an Office of the National Nurse and we look forward to hearing from you.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Friday, November 30, 2007