The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has recently released data that has shown that the COVID19 pandemic has claimed the lives of nearly 750000 people in the last two years. Experts have said that the pandemic has exceeded the number of people who have been killed due to HIV or AIDS in the last 40 years. The non-profit firm the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has reported that more than 700000 people have lost their lives due to diseases linked to HIV since the deadly disease has emerged in the US in 1981. As per a peer-reviewed scientific journal, experts have developed highly efficient antiretroviral therapies in the 1990s in the United States that have turned HIV from the top cause of death in young people into a chronic manageable disease. At present, antiretroviral treatments such as PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is widely accepted as they have notably reduced the rate of HIV infections and deaths in the United States. Experts have said in the journal known as AIDS Scientific Journal that the speedy and progressive growth of such treatments has not only proven to be life-saving therapy for millions of people but has been helpful in highlighting disparities in access to health care between rich and low-income countries across the world as well.
The new report has found that minority groups have unduly borne the negative effects of both ailments despite differing rates of transmission and fatality of HIV and COVID19. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown in a report that people of color and Latinx people still contribute to large numbers of new HIV infections in the US while they represent small sections of the total population. Health experts from the CDC have said that gay men, transgender people, and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities are at a much higher risk of being affected by the HIV epidemic as compared to the general population. In the same way, the data from the CDC has shown that Latinx, Asians, people of color, and Native Americans are at a greater risk of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, hospital admission, and death due to COVID19. However, experts have said that projections for deaths linked to COVID19 are far grimmer as compared to deaths related to HIV or AIDS. As per the latest data, the number of yearly HIV cases has steadily reduced over the last many years. There has been a reduction in yearly HIV cases of more than two-thirds since the peak of the HIV epidemic in the mid-1980s.
A report that has been released by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2019 has found that nearly more than one million people in the United States who are above 13 years of age might be living with HIV and more than half a million might be virally suppressed or untraceable. Experts have said that it shows that with regular medication, people who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS can stay healthy and live for a few additional years. Health experts have claimed that people with HIV who take regular medicine effectively have no risk of spreading the virus to their sexual partners via sexual contact. HIV treatments that are available in the United States can ultimately reduce the number of deaths linked to HIV, said the experts. As per the latest database, there have been nearly 15815 people among adults and adolescents who have lost their lives due to HIV or AIDS in the United States in 2019. On the other hand, as per the data collected by health experts, tens of thousands of new COVID19 cases are being detected every day in the United States. Experts have said that the daily average number of deaths linked to COVID19 in the United States is more than 1000 as of now. The delta variant that has been detected in India during the second leg of the pandemic has been creating havoc in the US since September. The concerning variant has shot up the rate of death linked to COVID19 quite high in the country. The US government has been trying all ways and means to increase the rate of vaccination to reduce the spread of the virus. Around 57.6 percent of people in the US have been fully vaccinated so far. Still, there are some people who are hesitant to take the shots. The US government has launched many vaccine awareness programs to motivate people to take the shots.