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Health Policy and Stakeholders

-Research the Internet for key words such as "Health" and "Health Policy" and select a policy topic that is of interest to you. Review different topics and ideas at The Kaiser Family Foundation, Kaiser, Health Policy Topics List, June 28, 2010 available at: WEB LINK:

-After completing your research and selecting your topic, write a 500-word APA formatted summary on your selected policy topic and the stakeholders that are affected by the topic. For example, your stakeholders may be Veterans, the elderly, HIV patients, or the uninsured. A minimum of two references is required.

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For this particular answer I'll help you out with an example and you can use the way I structure my responses to guide you in choosing a different population or in providing a more detailed response for my chosen patient population - AIDS patients.

Targeted population: AIDS patients. There is a big difference in the demographics of AIDS patients in developed and developing countries. For our purposes I'll be talking about AIDS patients in developed countries such as the United States.

Data about population demographics:

You can do a quick Google search to get an overview of your chosen patient population and to get links for more detailed information. My initial search yielded the websites below which provide statistics on HIV and AIDS demographics in the United States:

From the following websites you can learn that approximately 1.2 million people are currently living with HIV in the United States. As you know, Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection is a prerequisite for the development of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). AIDS is defined by clinical criteria including marked helper T cell deficiency and characteristic infections. HIV infection usually leads to the development of AIDS after a number of years, but there is no fixed time period, and current treatments are contributing to a change in the rate of AIDS development in HIV infected patients, as will be discussed in more detail below. One-fifth of HIV infected patients in the United States are unaware of their HIV status.

In 2010, 47,129 people were diagnosed with HIV in the 46 U.S. states and 5 dependent areas which report diagnoses. 37,910 of these were male and 10,168 were female. Among the men, the majority (77%) became infected through sex with other men. The majority of women (88%) became infected through heterosexual contact. The second most important source of infection for men was heterosexual contact at 12%. Injection drug use was also a significant source of infection for both sexes. Almost half (around 45%) of patients diagnosed in 2010 were African American. Most of the diagnosed patients were young with more than half being 39 years old or younger.

In 2010, 33,015 ...

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The solution discusses the health policy and stakeholders.