HIV/AIDS diagnosis in Native Hawaiians concerns researchers

November 30, 2012  |   |  1 Comment
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Jason Barbour, an HIV immunologist with the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS, hopes a cure will soon be discovered (photo courtesy John A. Burns School of Medicine)

December 1 marks World AIDS Day, a global health day first celebrated in 1988 to unite the world in the fight against HIV.

As the day approaches, news from the Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine brings disturbing findings about the disease’s impact on the Native Hawaiian population.

Researchers have found that HIV/AIDS is being diagnosed in Native Hawaiians more than twice as often as Caucasians, and that Native Hawaiians with HIV/AIDS are three times more likely to need hospitalization.

Some 3,000 people in Hawaiʻi live with HIV/AIDS. One in four of them, about 25 percent, don’t even realize they are carrying the virus.

Read the UHMedNow article to learn more about how UH researchers at the Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS are working to combat this disparity or read the news reports by Hawaii News Now and KHON.

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  1. Val Jean says:

    Unfortunately, history repeats itself when nasty diseases are introduced to the indigenous ethnic groups around the world. The indigenous people suffer and carry the burdens, often resulting in the decline of their ethnic groups, while the offenders will multiply and introduce additional deadly diseases. The people that are often responsible and repeat these common behavior of sharing diseases and other vices should rightfully take responsibility for their actions by practicing common sense and facilitate medical resources available to treat such diseases. A significant amount of attention and money is readily available for unnecessary wars and taking care of other countries thus creating additional complex problems!

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