Early diagnosis is 1 weapon in HIV battle, says Scottsdale health adviser

Feb 10, 2020, 7:05 AM | Updated: 7:11 am
Tri Lailatul, a lab technician at the Dharmais hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, does a CD4 AIDS test...
Tri Lailatul, a lab technician at the Dharmais hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, does a CD4 AIDS test on a blood sample July 8, 2004 in Jakarta, Indonesia. A recent report issued by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS states that six provinces are now being classifed as badly affected with a serious increase in 2003 among drug users and sex workers. The 15th International AIDS conference will be held in Bangkok beginning next week. (Getty Images/Paula Bronstein)
(Getty Images/Paula Bronstein)

PHOENIX – President Trump is pushing a lofty goal for the country. He made this promise during one of his recent rallies:

“We’re going to end, within 10 years, the AIDS epidemic in our country,” he said.

“Who would have thought we’d advance that far?”

Buffy Lloyd-Krejci is the owner of IPC Well, a Scottsdale-based consulting firm that is dedicated to working with hospitals and health care settings to reduce the risk of people getting infections.

She is not an AIDS expert, and said the president’s goal may be hard to reach, but that we should try to attain it.

“Let’s do it. That’s reducing harm to the American public and to the world wide public,” she said.

Lloyd-Krejci said there is a lot of work to do.

“According to the (Centers for Disease Control), there’s still 40,000 infections annually, so we do have a long ways to go still.”

She said education was important when it comes HIV.

AIDSinfo from the National Institutes of Health said you can reduce your risk of getting HIV by getting tested, knowing your partner’s HIV status, choosing less risky sexual behaviors, limiting the number of sexual partners and using condoms.

There’s something else that’s pretty important.

“Early diagnosis is huge,” she said. “One out of every three people who are diagnosed with HIV have had it for at least three years.”

Lloyd-Krejci said there was hope in attaining Trump’s goal.

“If we can ramp up our health care system within our outpatient settings and empower and equip our practitioners to help detect the virus earlier, then we are definitely one step closer to eradicating the infection for sure,” she said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team Photo)...

Officers seize over 100 pounds of cocaine at Arizona-California border

Arizona Department of Transportation Enforcement and Compliance Division officers seized over 100 pounds of cocaine on Tuesday at a port of entry near the California state line, authorities said. 
10 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...

Scottsdale man accused of stealing millions in music royalties

A Scottsdale man is one of two people accused of stealing millions of dollars in music royalties over the past five years, authorities said Wednesday.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Arizona Heart Foundation)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Heart Foundation to provide free screenings for rural communities

The Arizona Heart Foundation is launching an outreach program to bring free screenings to rural communities where cardiovascular disease too often goes undetected.
10 hours ago
John Charpiot, left, and David Harmon. (Facebook Photos/Coolidge Police Department)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona prison system implements changes after reviewing January escape

The Arizona prison system announced new safety measures following a review of how two inmates escaped last winter in an incident that sparked an intense five-day manhunt.
1 day ago
(Arizona Governor's Office Photo)...

Tucson border patrol agent dies in line of duty; flags to fly half-staff Saturday

Flags will fly at half-staff across the state Saturday for a Tucson border patrol agent that died in the line of duty.
1 day ago
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., runs from the Senate chamber after voting on an appropriations bill t...
Kevin Stone

In CNN interview, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema won’t tip hand on $2T domestic bill

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema wouldn’t commit to supporting her party’s $2 trillion domestic agenda during a sit-down interview with CNN on Thursday, but she didn’t provide specifics on how to secure her vote.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Why fall maintenance is important for your heating system and A/C

It’s easy to ignore your heater and air conditioner when they’re working but the moment something breaks, you will likely regret not keeping up with maintenance. After all, if something goes wrong, you may be stuck with a repair that will take longer and be more expensive than simple maintenance.
Schwartz Laser Eye Center

How to sharpen your vision with elective procedures

Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and being able to see clearly. You wouldn’t have to wait to put on glasses or contacts, and there would be no more blurry showers nor forgetting where your glasses are.
Early diagnosis is 1 weapon in HIV battle, says Scottsdale health adviser