DAVID SATCHER - Mitch Perry

03/23/04

At a weekend Conference sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation regarding the AIDS Crises in America, David Satcher, Director of the National Center for Primary Care based at Morehead School of Medicine in Atlanta, and the former Surgeon General of the US, spoke about the situation in AIDS in America right now.

The them of his speech was: Do People even care anymore about this disease, enough to make a difference?

There has been a dramatic change in who is getting exposed to the virus.......AIDS in America used to mostly be a gay men's disease, but in the past decade, it has devolved into a diseases that now hits ethic minorities disproportionately. Sacher calls it an epidemic of young people of color.....

He also expressed his frustration with the estimated 40,000 new HIV infections in the U.S.....He said there are reasons why that number has NOT gone lower in recent times

(roll tape#1 o.q."drug use")

Former Surgeon General David Satcher said a problem that the Government is dealing with is prevention strategies used.........He says it has to down the country's reluctance to talk frankly about sexuality (roll tape#3 o.q." in so many ways")

There was much discussion at the Conference regarding a recent study by North Carolina public health officials that showed an HIV outbreak among black male college students in North Carolina....Researchers found 6 HIV cases among male college students ages 18 to 30 in 2000, 19 cases in 2001, 29 in 2002 and 30 last year......Of the 84 total new cases during that period, 73 or 88% were among black men, and 11, or 13% were among white men.

In recent weeks, the media have started to revisit the story of the "down low" that was so popular last year. The "down low" is a term used to refer to black men who have sex with men but do not identify as gay.(roll tape#4 o.q."major outbreak in the region")

That was former U.S. Surgeon General David Sacher, speaking about the AIDS Crises in Washington last weekend....

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