How HIV Impacts Our Area

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Dennis Chaney, with BRADD, says: "From 1982 until December of 2004 the Barren River District has a total of 145 individuals who have developed AIDS."

And the numbers are on the rise.

Chaney says: "In 2004 there were 11 reported cases of individuals who had developed HIV. The year before that, there were only six."

The health department offers education about HIV prevention.

Since the minority AIDS program was shut down in 2003, some in the African American community feel there is a need for more.

Alonzo Webb says, "I feel that we still need a program like the Kentucky minority AIDS program because I think we had great impact within the black community."

He says there's still some sense of denial that HIV could happen to them.

Webb says, "There's still a denial. There's still a denial within the African American community and the community overall."

Although HIV is more prevalent in larger cities both Chaney and Webb say now is the time we should focus on how to prevent it in our area.

Chaney says, "It's hard to determine exactly how a;; the needs can be met for someone living with HIV positive or full-blown AIDS. Social support, mental support, and just the whole emotional well-being of managing that."

Webb says, "We have a rising population within the Hispanic community. I feel there's a great need to reach out to the black and white community."

For more information on HIV prevention visit:
http://www.projectinform.org/
or
http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/


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