Saturday, June 4, 2011

30 Years of HIV/AIDS

Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the first mention of what would become known as HIV/AIDS in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report briefly summarizes the CDC's HIV surveillance over the last 30 years.

In addition to this anniversary, HIV has also been in the news recently due to funding shortages in some states' AIDS Drug Assistance Programs or ADAPs. ADAPs were established by the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act of 1990, codified at 42 U.S.C. 300ff, et. seq., and the federal government provides the bulk of the funding. The recession has caused more patients to seek access to the program and some states have tightened eligibility criteria as a result, forcing more people to pay for treatment averaging over $11,000 per year out of pocket.

If you'd like more information about AIDS and the law, the Library has some books you may want to take a look at:

AIDS and the law / David W. Webber, editor, a comprehensive looseleaf treatise,

Legal aspects of AIDS / [edited] by Donald H.J. Hermann, William P. Schurgin
, another comprehensive loose leaf treatise,

and AIDS law in a nutshell / by Robert M. Jarvis, a quick overview of AIDS Law.

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