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TOPIC & GUEST

039

05/08/02

Topic:

Is Anyone Dying of AIDS Anymore?

Guest:

Sandra Jacoby Klein

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Topic: Is Anyone Dying of AIDS Anymore?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 850,000 to 950,000 U.S. residents are living with HIV infection as of February 2002, one-quarter of whom are unaware of their infection.

Approximately 40,000 new HIV infections occur each year in the United States, about 70 percent among men and 30 percent among women. Of these newly infected people, half are younger than 25 years of age.

Of new infections among men in the United States, CDC estimates that approximately 60 percent of men were infected through homosexual sex, 25 percent through injection drug use, and 15 percent through heterosexual sex. Of newly infected men, approximately 50 percent are black, 30 percent are white, 20 percent are Hispanic, and a small percentage are members of other racial/ethnic groups.

Of new infections among women in the United States, CDC estimates that approximately 75 percent of women were infected through heterosexual sex and 25 percent through injection drug use. Of newly infected women, approximately 64 percent are black, 18 percent are white, 18 percent are Hispanic, and a small percentage are members of other racial/ethnic groups.

In the United States, 816,149 cases of AIDS had been reported to the CDC through December, 2001.

The estimated number of new adult/adolescent AIDS cases diagnosed in the United States was 49,407 in 1997, 42,508 in 1998, 40,671 in 1999, and 40,106 in 2000, 43,158 in 2001.

The number of reported deaths from AIDS in the last year (2001) in the United States was 18,524.

Guest: Sandra Jacoby Klein

Sandra Jacoby Klein, M.A., M.F.T. is in private practice in West Hollywood, CA as a psychotherapist/family therapist who specializes in the emotional effects of illness, grief and loss.
She has been working with the psychosocial issues of HIV/AIDS since 1982 in her practice and as a volunteer therapist with AIDS service Organizations. She has been a therapist for grief support groups, agency staff support groups and groups for Persons Living with AIDS (PLWA's).

Her presentations all over the world on AIDS-related grief and multiple loss syndrome are increasing understanding of the unique needs of the populations dealing with the AIDS pandemic that has infected millions and affected us all. She has an interest in supporting HIV negative persons to remain negative by increasing their understanding of the importance of avoiding high-risk behaviors.

Ms. Klein is a long-term member and past chairperson of the Human Services Commission of the City of West Hollywood. She is a clinical member of AAMFT ( American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), CAMFT (California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), ADEC (Association for Death Education Counseling), and The International AIDS Society.

Her many publications include her book, Heavenly Hurts: Surviving AIDS-Related Deaths and Losses, Baywood Publishing Co; and articles on Gay Grief, Multiple Loss, and Care for the Caregivers.

She can be contacted at (310) 652-2501.

 

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