Veterans' Stories: The VA and 30 Years of AIDS
June 20, 2011
Did you know that the Veterans Health Administration is the largest single provider of HIV care in the United States, providing care for more than 24,000 Veterans living with HIV in 2010?
The VA has been and remains an integral part of the service delivery system for people living with HIV in our country. The agency has a history of HIV care that goes back to 1981, when the CDC reported the first cases of AIDS. Here's a quote from a nurse whose reminiscences appear on the VA's 30 Years of AIDS site:
The VA Public Health Strategic Healthcare Group recently redesigned its HIV/AIDS pages for providers and patients to better serve its site visitors. In addition, the VA posted a special web feature looking at 30 years of AIDS for health care providers, Veterans and the public. Posted there are several "perspectives" -- reflections and stories told by VA providers and Veterans who were on the front-line of the epidemic. Here are the perspectives posted to date:
These stories remind me of the important work done at VA facilities, yesteryear, yesterday and today. And each story reminds me of the power of storytelling. Check out this "perspectives" series often as more stories get posted.
These inspiring stories also complement the VA's current national campaign Get Checked, Say Yes to the Test. Don't miss all that the VA is doing to increase HIV testing in VA facilities especially as we approach June 27 -- National HIV Testing Day. As VA staff will tell you: HIV testing saves lives. Get Checked, Say Yes to the Test.
This article was provided by AIDS.gov.
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