World AIDS Day 2010
According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people across the globe living with HIV, including 2.1 million children under the age of 15. During 2009 alone, an estimated 2.6 million people became newly-infected with the virus and 1.8 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses worldwide. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and die from AIDS before they are 35.
A vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.
Started on December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done in the search for a cure.
UMKC HIV/AIDS research spans the disciplines
From basic science to community-based studies, UMKC researchers are involved in a wide variety of projects and programs dedicated to HIV/AIDS. Following are just a few of the studies currently being undertaken by UMKC investigators:
- Maithe Enriquez, R.N., Ph.D., School of Nursing: Dr. Enriquez' current research projects include the development of an intervention program to enhance the health outcomes of Latinas living with HIV. They recently published "Silence is not Golden: Invisible Latinas Living with HIV in the Midwest in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Dr. Enriquez and colleagues are also working on a peer-led intervention designed to enhance readiness for adherence to HIV treatment.
- Julie Banderas, Pharm.D., School of Medicine: Dr. Wright is deeply involved in HIV/AIDS clinical research areas such as pharmacotherapy, adherence and prevention. She has led UMKC as one of six national sites for a Centers for Disease Control HIV-prevention demonstration project.
- Anil Kumar, Ph.D., School of Pharmacy: Dr. Kumar is currently the principal investigator of multiple NIH-funded studies. His areas of research include the physiological effects of drug and alcohol abuse in HIV-infected patients, the identification of target immune responses, and vaccine approaches in AIDS models.
- Carole McArthur, M.D., Ph.D., School of Dentistry: Dr. McArthur's research focuses HIV pathogenesis and the development of diagnostic technology for HIV patients with TB. Clinically, she has established AIDS and TB screening programs in Cameroon and currently serves as director of AfriHealth Partnerships International (previously US-Cameroon Health Program) supported by the Global Fund and the CDC.
- Jannette Berkley-Patton, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department: Dr. Berkley-Patton's current research focuses on the efficacy of HIV education, prevention and screening interventions in African-American churches.
- Kathleen Goggin, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department: Dr. Goggin is director of the Department of Psychology HIV/AIDS Research Group. She is the principal investigator of the MOTIV8 KC Adherence Project, an ongoing study designed to test the efficacy of interventions to improve patient success at adhering to the often difficult and complicated HIV medication regimens known as Antiretroviral Therapy.
- Sarah Finocchario-Kessler, Ph.D., M.P.H., College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department: As a postdoctoral research fellow, Dr. Finocchario-Kessler's research focuses on improving safe childbearing among people living with HIV. Current efforts aim to improve the frequency and quality of provider-initiated reproductive counseling to assist couples in minimizing transmission risks to each other (during conception) and to the infant (during pregnancy and delivery).
- Ann Marie Wood, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology: Dr. Wood has conducted research to understand why older adults are often excluded from HIV/AIDS prevention policies at the national, state and community levels. Her research has found that prevention efforts for older adults are hindered by a lack of public awareness of AIDS rates, transmission routes and risk factors.
World AIDS Day campus events
"Wipe Out AIDS" Information Tables
Come and learn more about HIV, AIDS, and how to protect yourself. Receive a red ribbon and safer sex kit.
Student Union on 11/29-12/1
University Center on 12/2-12/3
Candle Light Vigil
We will be commemorating those individuals infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Come show your support.
The Quad on 12/1, 6:30-7 pm (Between Scofield & Manhiem Hall)
Free HIV/STI Testing
Sponsored by KC Free Health Clinic
Student Union 303F on 12/3, 11 am-1:30 pm
(Brought to you by LGBTQIA Programs & Services, The MindBody Connection, and KC Free Health Clinic)
World AIDS Day Reception
On Wednesday, December 1, the Kansas City World AIDS Day Reception will be held in the Lobby of the Bank of America Gallery at Union Station from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. There will be a short program remembering those who have fallen to to the pandemic and affirming those living with HIV/AIDS.
A $35 donation, requested at the door, supports the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City's mission of education and direct help.
Posted: November 29, 2010