Delivering HIV/AIDS care in rural areas is challenging in large part because
of factors that complicate care delivery. Among them: scarcity of trained and
available clinicians; stigma and confidentiality concerns of clients; patient
reluctance to access care due to stigma and other concerns such as attitudes
about health care; geographic distance and lack of transportation; and lack
of health insurance by the low income groups hit hardest by HIV disease.
What can rural providers do? Below are resources to help providers deliver care
to clients with HIV disease or connect them to needed services.
where to get training (with an emphasis on distance-based learning); where to
find services; HIV care guidelines; and some best practice ideas about how HIV
care is delivered.
Materials are not always targeted to rural areas — such as
treatment guidelines, which apply to patients regardless of location — but are
equally essential in less-populated areas of the nation.
HIV cases in rural areas have comprised a consistent 5-8% of the national total
for many years. With 20% of the nation classified as rural, cases in rural areas
are not at epidemic levels on that basis.
But there are troubling trends.
One is the preponderance of rural HIV cases in the South and among minority
populations. Most infected individuals are gay/bisexual men, but caseloads
among heterosexuals and women are growing.
We can all be leaders. We can take more responsibility to do more as individuals, as communities, and as a nation to fight HIV and AIDS.
- We should know whether or not we are infected with HIV;
- If we are infected, we should seek medical care and protect others from becoming infected;
- We should protect ourselves and others from HIV;
- We should educate ourselves and others about HIV.
- We should mobilize to overcome the challenges and barriers to HIV prevention;
- We should fight ignorance and complacency related to HIV;
- We should increase the awareness about the severity of epidemic and the continued impact that HIV is having on our communities;
- We should make sure that HIV prevention services, HIV testing, medical care and treatment are available to all who need them;
- We should work to prevent stigma and discrimination—and to increase support for people living with HIV.
As a nation:
- We must recognize the epidemic here, in this country, for the crisis that it still is;
- We must implement the programs that scientific evidence tells us are most effective;
- We must ensure that those who need effective prevention interventions have access to them;
- We must come together to intensify efforts and the stop this epidemic.
Together, we have the power to change the course of the HIV epidemic in the United States.
How you can help stop the spread of HIV
Visit the Resources section and use the Web tools to help spread the word about HIV/AIDS in the United States. Let everyone know that, in the United States, every 9½ minutes (on average), someone is infected with HIV.
Current education policy for the state of Mississippi.
State Sex and STD/HIV Education Policy, as of April 1, 2009
Mandates Sex Education? MS- No US-20 + DC Yes
Notes on Sex Education Mandates If taught voluntarily, must stress abstinence
Mandates STD/HIV Education? MS-No US-35+DC Yes
Notes on STD/HIV Education Mandates If taught voluntarily, must stress abstinence
Sources: Sex and STD/HIV Education, State Policies in Brief, Guttmacher Institute, April 1, 2009. Available at: http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_SE.pdf.
Definitions: STD: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
If the State Of Mississippi doesn't change it's policy on sex education, our children will be lost.
Among adolescents, disadvantaged black women in the South have some of the highest HIV infection rates in the United States and must be a high priority for the prevention activities. Referral services are in great need for identifying people in need of prevention service and for identifying the extent of the HIV- infection network.
There are many challenges to prevention in rural areas, one being awareness of treatment options and identification and training of appropriate local HIV care providers. The CDC has asked that Secondary prevention measures, such as links to ongoing HIV care and antiretroviral therapy, can improve health and survival and potentially decrease, although not eliminate, infectivity.
FACT: HIV weakens the immune system, putting you at greater risk for opportunistic infections. A person with HIV will develop AIDS within 10 years if that person is not aware of their status.
FACT: Mississippi's HIV disease rate was higher than the national average in 2006
It is three decades since the discovery of the HIV virus but we are still lacking information about HIV / AIDS. According to UN AIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. Although there is no foolproof cure or vaccine for HIV virus, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) will ensure that medicines are available at an affordable cost even in third world countries. The search for the vaccine for AIDS remains the challenge for the world today.
Let us delve into some more information about HIV /AIDS. What is causing the spread of the infection? Ignorance. One in three youngsters in the world are still ignorant about how the infection spreads. We have to wake up to the harsh reality of the epidemic and the world's leaders must demonstrate real commitment to keep their promise. We cannot wait another quarter of a century for a vaccine. The need of the hour is the four Ms-motivation, money, medicines and manpower.
Let me burst the bubble on some common myths about HIV /AIDS.
Blood donation can cause HIV infection. People today are afraid of donating blood. HIV does not spread through donation of blood, as hospitals and blood banks use disposable syringes. Another myth is that HIV / AIDS spreads through mosquito and bug bites, air, saliva and touch. It is a very important piece of information about HIV / AIDS that it is not spread through mosquito and bug bites, air, saliva and touch.
Promiscuous men and women have largely been held responsible for fuelling the HIV /AIDS epidemic in the world. Stigma towards HIV-positive people needs to be countered if the threat of HIV /AIDS is to be overcome. Stigma is hard to track and its impact even harder to measure. Those vulnerable to and experiencing social stigma and discrimination will be puzzled if they were told that awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS is higher than before.Awareness is not translating into tolerance or a shedding of stigma. The good information about HIV / AIDS is that the number of people contracting HIV infection is dropping worldwide.
Protection against HIV/AIDS and preventing its spread is certainly a key message, but protection using stigma and alienation will go nowhere. It is always challenging to fight for legislation and better policy outcomes. Certain states have law against discrimination of HIV-positive children in schools. But laws and policies cannot be substitutes for a humane approach.
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Most that find out that their Hiv+ they lose their support system totally. Family, Friends and many others just don't understand what your going thru. That is why we need to educate ourselves and other to this growing epidemic.
When Frank Milton shut those retched breading grounds down in Jackson, I was so relieved. With the exception of a few their are still breading grounds, but just not as many. Friends we must wake up and protect ourselves because right now the Mississippi Department Of Health isn't. Their are systems to block people from care, yes I said block you from care! They give you the run around when seeking help. They send you to the clinics so that they can track you and find out if your taking your meds and what your place of residence is. When it comes to help they really lack in that department. It's almost like they think if they give you any care other than that this really needed they aren't going to have enough for them to put in their pockets. Hopwa is nothing more than a free for all in the state of Mississippi, because these state agencies that are surposed to be giving you help thru that program is not giving people that need it information about the programs and when they do apply they make them get this, get that, this, that , and then some more shit.
Who ever heard of someone renting having the actual owners warranty deed. Who ever heard of them making you write a letter asto why your not fucking working. GIVE ME A FUCKING JOB, Simple as that, let me save some lives because they sure as hell ain't. I have been on medication for HIV/AIDS for about two years and my body is still not adjusted to Atripla. I have severe Diarrhea everyday, my weight roller coasters up, down, up, down constantly have to go to the bathroom when after taken the medication. They tell you about support groups and places that you can stay at, when your already living in a house. HOPWA is that not what it's for to help HIV/AIDS patients when their faced with being homeless or is already homeless.
Let's talk about the prevention measures that they have in place to stop new cases after I was informed from one of the Co-Chairs for the "Mississippi Community Planning Group(MSCPG) for (HIV) prevention, that their are some 8000 people that are HIV positive and not in care in Mississippi and she later wanted to renigg on that statement because of her voice was scratchy. The material that they have in this state for prevention is something that I being HIV+ wouldn't want to read. That broshure is nothing more than a recap of what they printed 20 years ago. To prevent something you can't see you must reinvent your approach. This is sad that so many people are walking around having unprotected sex, when a little town such as this one is filled with HIV patients that are not telling their status and the Mississippi Department of Health is not doing anything about it. Oh yes they are, their trying to keep people like me that is sick and need help away from they Cake...........Read the report that is o not true. They only gave the participants a $25.00 gift certificate for their participation.
HIV Disease in Young African American Men Who Have Sex with Men ...
This investigation found that HIV-infected young black MSM were more likely to engage in certain risk behavior that would lead to new infections among uninfected men.
We all know that's a lot for someone that is Hungry and need food or need to get them some crack or a dime bag of weed. Shit, I am willing to bet you that half if not all were one or all of the above.
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Guide To Prevention And Care Services For People Living With HIV/AIDS In Mississippi
Dealers United Inc... email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgAdvocacy Agency For People Living With HIV/AIDS...
Our Mission: Provide resources to those that are not informed or misinformed on the dangers of unprotected sex and other health issues concerning Mississippi. We pride ourselves in helping all citizens of the United States of America.
Dealers United Inc. does not discriminate and provides Advocacy services to those suffering from health disparities mainly HIV/AIDS.For a current list of places available in the State of Mississippi for help Click Here