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CDC: US AIDS epidemic fresh in risk-taking youth

by on Nov.28, 2012, under Uncategorized

By Maggie Fox, NBC News

AIDS is alive and well in a new generation of teenagers and young adults, most of them young men, who are having risky sex, often fueled by drugs or alcohol, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new report showing that more than a quarter of new U.S. infections are in youths aged 13 to 24, and 60 percent of them don’t even know it. That means they can spread the virus and, worse, aren’t getting treated for it.

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS cannot be cured, and it will kill people who are not treated for it. But a cocktail of drugs can keep patients healthy and if they take their medication consistently, they are far less likely to infect someone else.

The CDC estimates that 12,200 young men and women aged 13 to 24 became infected with HIV in 2010. And by far most of them were boys and men. Nearly three-quarters were boys and men having sex with other men. And more than half of the newly infected youths were African American.

The report “really provides shocking data on the higher rate of risky behavior and the lower rate of condom use” among young men, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden told reporters on a conference call.

The report finds that just 13 percent of high school students have been tested for the virus and just 35 percent of 18 to 24 year olds have been.

“Young gay and bisexual men report much higher levels of risky sexual behavior than their heterosexual peers,” Frieden said. They are more likely to have multiple sex partners, use drugs and alcohol before sex – which makes them in turn more likely to skip using condoms and tsake on other risks, too.

A separate CDC survey of high school kids and young adults found that young gay and bisexual men were more likely to report having had sex with four or more partners. They were also more likely to have injected drugs – another risk factor for AIDS, although most are infected sexually.

The answer, the CDC says, is a combination of testing, treatment and good sex education in schools.

“I don’t think there is a simple answer for this but we are not in support of mandatory testing,” Frieden said.

“The key here is to make it routine screening, just like we have cholesterol screening,” Frieden added. “If someone refuses, that is their right, but we should say, ‘This is what we do’.”

People who are tested can get treated. “If we double the number of people treated effectively, we we cut in half, roughly, the number of new infections that will occur,” Frieden added.

But kids are not getting this information now, said the CDC’s Dr. Kevin Fenton, who leads the AIDS branch. “I have to tell you, it is astonishing, the level of ignorance about basic physiology among middle school and high school students,” Fenton said.

“Kids who are gay or bisexual were less likely to say they had received sex education in schools,” Fenton added. It’s crucial they get medically accurate sex education, and multi-faceted programs that help young men and women learn about sex, sexually transmitted disease, and how to say no not only to sex but to drugs and alcohol, too.

“Youth who are sexually active can reduce their risk of HIV infection by choosing to stop having sex. They can also limit their number of sex partners, not have sex with an older partner who may be more likely to already have HIV, and use a condom every time,” CDC says.

The CDC estimates that 50,000 people are infected with HIV in the United States each year, and that about 1 million Americans are currently infected with the virus.

“Nearly 60 percent of new infections in youth occur in African Americans, about 20 percent in Hispanics/Latinos, and about 20 percent in whites,” Tuesday’s report says.

“About 87 percent of young males got HIV from male-to-male sex, 6 percent from heterosexual sex, 2 percent from injection

drug use and about 5 percent from a combination of male-to-male sex and injection drug use,” the report adds.

Saturday is World AIDS Day and the HIV research and advocacy organization AVAC released its own report Tuesday questioning last week’s UNAIDS report that raised the hope that HIV might be eliminated.

“Recent scientific breakthroughs give us reason to be optimistic like never before, but our chances of success are already imperiled,” said AVAC executive director Mitchell Warren. “Right now, the world isn’t moving as fast as it should be to begin ending the epidemic.”

AVAC’s report notes that far too few people are getting HIV drugs.

“A range of studies is looking at ways to narrow this gap, but these efforts are uncoordinated and incomplete. In 2013, researchers and funders need to convene and establish a clear research and implementation agenda to close the gaps in the treatment cascade,” the group said.

There’s no vaccine for HIV, although researcher feel they may be getting close. Researchers have also shown that circumcision can protect men from being infected by sex with women — although it’s not effective among gay or bisexual men. And work is also progressing on a microbicide — a gel or cream that might protect people from sexual transmission of HIV and other diseases.

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In Memoriam: Abere B. Karibi-Ikiriko

by on Nov.20, 2012, under Abere B. Karibi-Ikiriko (1977-2012), African-American Community, General, Leadership

Funeral Services / Viewing for Abere Biobele Karibi-Ikiriko will be Monday 26th, 2012 at the R G Ortiz Funeral Home 2580 Grand Concourse Bronx, New York 10458 United States 1 718-933-9800 Viewing begins at 3pm to 8pm prompt Funeral Service begins at 5.30pm at Ortiz Funeral home courtes of RCCG. This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Abere Ikiriko who was born in New York on 12 August 1977, and passed away on 13 November, 2012 . We will remember her forever.

Abere Karibi-Ikiriko (1977-2012)

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Praying for a Divided America – A Call Back to Intercession for This Land

by on Nov.12, 2012, under Leadership, World News

Hey guys its been a minute since I’ve posted any new blogs. I’ve been working on music and other projects around the house. Glad the election is over and that we are able to get back to business of doing God’s work as a people and a church……

Recap
November 6, 2012 was a defining moment for us in history as we headed over to the voting polls to vote for a candidate to become the President of the United States. It was weeks prior to that we watched 3 presidential debates, which focused on everything from the economy to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To upcoming issues such as jobs creations and the future of Medicare or Obamacare for all Americans. While standing in the voting line, I felt such a overwhelming peace in my spirit that everything was going to be alright that whether our current president Barack Obama was reelected for another 4 years or his challenger Republican Former Governor Mitt Romney won the race for president, I just believe that God would have the situation under control.

Later that evening, my wife and kids was watching the election results on tv. I had already decided earlier that day that I was not going to spend 3-12+ hours looking at states and counties or major cities come back with their results and I’m sitting on the edge of my seat biting my nails and sweating profusely. My wife was yelling at the tv as if the tv was a Redskins vs Cowboys game where the Redskins player goofed up a play and the Cowboys got the ball and ran for a touchdown. I tried to encourage her and tell her to try looking at something else besides CNN because media can be depressing especially with opinionated news reporters and commentators. I even had to keep my faith knowing that God has everything under control. I had to call someone who I knew that confirm everything that God had placed on my heart, I called my mother. My mother was saying the same thing to me that God was saying the same thing that she had an overwhelming peace in her heart and soul about the election. I hung up the phone and proceeded to hit the XBOX 360 to play a few games to just dwell and focus on the goodness of God. My wife was still in the front room with the tv on CNN and I had the tv on in our bedroom tuned into NBC. While crossing over the TV to go to the bathroom and wash my hands, I saw that President Obama won the re-election for another 4 years, my wife yelled at the tv screen “Yes!…Yes!” as if the Redskins had scored a touchdown. I contacted my mother who once again confirmed the peace that she had in her spirit about the election. The kids were already fast asleep in their beds, and they were awaken but the shouting of their mother to the television set that was onn CNN and had not updated the information on the screen to reflect that President Obama was the winner. My kids got up, to see what the commotion was about then went back to bed for school in the morning. Everything seemed peaceful and joyful until I would eventually turn to the streets and communities of social media….FACEBOOK.

Today is November 12, 6 days after the election the uproar over the outcome and shock of the defeat of Mitt Romney for president is still looms in the air. if I have about 1600 Facebook Friends. Simple math for a political party would be 50% Democratic, 50% Republican 1% Independent 1% Tea Party. Most of my Republican friends are upset and very upset,and have done everything to losing their religion to saying racist and hurtful things from everyone who did not vote Republican or for Governor Romney. Even before the election results were finalized, I had already gone to my Facebook to post and to encourage my facebook friends that God still has everything under control as far as the election is concerned. but sadly, the issues out of one’s heart would continue to speak through their fingers and their thoughts. A good friend of mines that I went to school with is so concerned with what’s going on with the statuses and comments on FB that she even took to voicing her compassionate concern in a calmness for peace and love, her thoughts are below:

Facebook or hatebook?? I honestly can’t tell anymore. Praying hard, and call me naïve but I sometimes dream of a world where we truly love one another the way God intended. If it hurts my heart this much to see the hateful things posted, I can’t even imagine the pain and sorrow HE is feeling. For anyone reading this, I love YOU

America, we need to wake up spiritually and morally. This is not about politics nor about petty issues that most of us through our gross sins and rebellion have permitted let alone even committed, but this is a call for each and every one of us in his or her own household to get back to God in repentance and to get our houses in order. My pastor said something on his twitter page about there being no prophets in the land they have all become “Profits”. I began to see this happenning years ago as I ran up and down the Megafest conferences and listen to the properity gospel beging preached to ignornat blinded people in and out of the church. Now that the honeymoon is over with the False Prosperity Gospel message, and it has left you and your house in financial ruin and debt, either you are going to continue to find another false prophet to speak confusion into your life, or you are going to find some to blame for your misfortunes (like President Obama)….

Is it because you have left your first love, and have given in to the spirit of fear that arise and grips you into terror because you believe that the word of the Lord comes out of the mouth of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Fox News? How can you go to church and sing songs like “What a mighty God we serve” and “Victory in Jesus” and you have a negative hateful spirit inside your soul, that has corrupted th epeace and the joy that your once had. When you stand before God, he is not going to ask eny of you why did you vote for one political party over the other. He is going to ask you what did you do with the life and the calling that I have given you. Each and every one of us has a calling on our life. I have been called to intercede over the land and the communities and this nation and the world. Remember, Facebook is a way of connecting with people socially, but I will never use it to divide, hurt or harm my 1600+ FB friends to I truly love, repsect and value them, even if their lives are different from mines. The election is over, its been over almost a week. Lets move on with our lives. Pray for our President, don’t speak blasphememous derogatory comments and remarks about him or his family. Pray that God’s will is done in his and his family’s life as well as on Capitol Hill and in this nation. Pray that this nation will get back to holiness from every aspect so we can be the America that God has raised this country up from the beginning to be. Lets get our financial houses in order, get some godly wisdom and stop sinning. Whatever happens in the stock market or on your job, trust and believe God will take care of you.

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