CA Access News

December 2010

In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


100 Medicines and Vaccines in Development for HIV/AIDS

Advances Critical as Virus Mutates and Becomes Resistant

As the holidays near we have much to be grateful for, especially in the many advances in medicine and vaccines. December is HIV/AIDS Awareness Month and is designed to raise AIDS awareness by conducting numerous events, not only in the United States, but around the world as well. In America, the importance of awareness is joined with the need for biopharmaceutical research. Companies are working on 100 new medicines and vaccines [video] to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS and related conditions, according to a new report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Read more

CDC Promotes HIV Prevention to Young Adults through New MTV Collaboration

On World AIDS Day (December 1, 2010), MTV launched a new documentary entitled Me Myself & HIV. Produced by MTV's HIV prevention initiative, the Staying Alive campaign, Me Myself & HIV follows the lives of an aspiring DJ and music producer from Zambia, and an American college student who are living with HIV. The shows will chronicle the two as they share their stories of being tested and diagnosed; as well as face the everyday challenges of living with HIV such as dating, working, and socializing. Read more

Partner Spotlight

Food For Thought

Food For Thought is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to meeting the needs of all persons living with AIDS/symptomatic HIV disease in Sonoma County, regardless of financial, sexual, racial, religious, political, or any other attitudinal preferences and proclivities.

Food For Thought has provided comprehensive nutrition to people in Sonoma County living with, or affected by, HIV and AIDS since our beginning in 1988. Since that time, Food for Thought has provided free weekly grocery bags of canned and boxed food, fresh produce, household incidentals, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and whatever other goodies are on hand, along with frozen meals for people severely affected by AIDS.

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Stay tuned to see what CPAT will be bringing you in the New Year!

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

Trade Agreements Should Not Hinder Efforts Towards Universal Access To HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care And Support
Medical News Today, December 10, 2010
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) calls on all countries to ensure efforts towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support are not impeded by bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. There are more than 33 million people living with HIV in the world. In 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million new HIV infections. Currently there are more than five million people on HIV treatment and nearly 10 million people still waiting for it. Without sustained and affordable access to lifesaving medicines people's lives will be in jeopardy.

Dramatic Decline Seen in AIDS News Coverage News, December 3, 2010
If the expression "out of sight, out of mind" is true, then wealthier nations may be at risk of forgetting about the global AIDS pandemic, according to an international team of researchers. Media coverage of HIV/AIDS fell more than 70 percent in developed countries over the last two decades, according to a study that tracked coverage in 115 leading broadsheet newspapers in 41 countries from 1990 until May 2010. In the early 1990s, an average of 1.5 articles about HIV/AIDS was found in every issue of the newspapers. That has fallen to less than 0.5 articles since 2008.

Tests for H.I.V. Reach a Record
New York Times, December 1, 2010
The number of American adults tested for H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, reached a record high in 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Nonetheless, about 55 percent of all adults -- and about 28 percent of all people who are at higher risk for getting infected -- have still never been tested. Starting in 2006, the disease centers began urging doctors to order H.I.V. tests as part of routine blood work for all patients. Success has been modest; the percentage of all adults who have ever had a test rose only to 45 percent after years of holding steady at 40 percent.

U.N. sees global AIDS epidemic starting to turn
Reuters, November 23, 2010
An estimated 33.3 million people worldwide have the HIV virus that causes AIDS, but the global health community is starting to slow down and even turn the epidemic around, a United Nations report said on Tuesday. The total number of HIV-infected people in 2009 was down slightly from the previous year's 33.4 million and at least 56 countries have either stabilized or achieved significant declines in rates of new HIV infections.

Interesting Information

While great strides are being made in the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, the CDC estimates that more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States. One in five (21 percent) of those people living with HIV is unaware of their infection.

Despite increases in the total number of people living with HIV in the US in recent years, the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable. However, new infections continue at far too high a level, with an estimated 56,300 Americans becoming infected with HIV each year.

More than 18,000 people with AIDS still die each year in the US. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are strongly affected and represent the majority of persons who have died. Through 2007, more than 576,000 people with AIDS in the US have died since the epidemic began.

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