A new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that HIV/AIDS is not getting as much attention as it used to—or as it merits.
The survey shows that the percentage of Americans who say that they have seen, heard or read a lot about HIV/AIDS in the U.S. has fallen from 34% five years ago to just 14% today. The percentage of African Americans reporting this has fallen from 62% to 33%.
In a commentary titled “America Has Gone Quiet on HIV/AIDS,” Kaiser CEO Drew Altman notes that this drop comes alongside news from the CDC that “the number of new HIV infections each year in the U.S. is 40% higher than we previously thought.”
Altman concludes: “The main message here is simple: the CDC says we have a much bigger epidemic than we thought we had at exactly the time when the public is hearing much less about it and seems less concerned. It’s time for renewed national, state, and community leadership if the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic is to get back on the public agenda.”
Here’s a link to the Altman piece, with graphics!