The 4-1-1 about HIV/AIDS & Those Fighting It
Trail to a Cure is not a direct-service provider, nor do we do research. But TTAC helps make what they do possible.
The following statistical information is provided to help you understand why we do what we do, and the links are intended to direct you to organizations we that are working on the same or similar global problems.
With limited resources, TTAC cannot provide a lot of statistical data to help illustrate what we do. Luckily, there’s AIDSVu!
“AIDSVu is an interactive online map illustrating the prevalence of HIV in the United States. The national, state and local map views on AIDSVu allow users to visually explore the HIV epidemic alongside critical resources such as HIV testing center locations, HIV treatment center locations, and NIH-Funded HIV Prevention & Vaccine Trials Sites. The map also lets users filter HIV prevalence data by race/ethnicity, sex and age, and see how HIV prevalence is related to various social determinants of health, such as educational attainment and poverty.”
See Missouri stats.
The following report by a TTAC volunteer includes statistical information from a global to a local perspective.
Selected Facts from the Report
- There is no vaccine or cure for HIV/AIDS. And while combination drug therapies introduced in the 1990s have extended the lives of many individuals, they do not eradicate HIV in the body.
- Among those initially responding well to combination drug therapies, around 50% experience treatment failure within a year or two.
- 1 to 2 of every 10 newly infected people is acquiring strains of HIV that are resistant to current drug therapies.
- HIV drug therapies cost in excess of $1,200 a month.
HIV/AIDS in Central Missouri
- In Central Missouri, more than 400 people are living with HIV. Each year another 25 are diagnosed.
- The number of people living with HIV in Central Missouri has increased more than 25% in five years.
- Nearly 60% of people living with HIV in Central Missouri are reported as receiving medical care in 2005. 40+% were not in care during that year.
HIV/AIDS in Missouri
- AIDS has claimed the lives of over 5 thousand Missourians.
- Another 10 thousand are living with HIV.
HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
- More than 1 million Americans are living with HIV.
- Each year another 40 thousand are diagnosed.
- Approximately 1 in 4 Americans infected with HIV does not know his/her status.
- The number of women living with HIV has tripled over the past two decades to the point that now 1 in 4 Americans with HIV is a woman.
- In the US, nearly half of all newly diagnosed people with HIV are African-Americans.
- In the US, 50% of all new infections occur among people under the age of 25.
HIV/AIDS across the Planet
- AIDS is the most deadly infectious diseaseon Earth.
- AIDS has claimed 25 million lives, including over half a million Americans.
Please get educated, and get involved in this fight. You can find more information by following these links:
- Columbia/Boone County Health Department
- Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services – HIV/AIDS Disease Surveillance
- AIDS Foundation of Chicago
- AIDSinfo, U.S. Department of Health
- HIV/AIDS Information, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
- National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Program
- National Association of People with AIDS
- TeenAIDS Peer Corps
Who TTAC Funds:
Visit the web sites of TTAC’s designated beneficiaries to date. Beneficiaries are selected annually for each fiscal year, and funds are allocated when a brief application from pre-selected beneficiaries are is completed by the required deadline. Email us with questions.
- amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research (national)
- MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center HIV/AIDS Researchers (local)
Rain of Central Missouri‘s client services fund for persons with HIV/AIDS within Rain’s service area (central and northeast Missouri)