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North Carolina: Rowan County AIDS Task Force Changes Name

February 6, 2012

The nonprofit Rowan County AIDS Task Force recently changed its name to the Rowan Care Alliance (RCA), though it still provides HIV/AIDS services, including testing and prevention education. The group decided to remove "AIDS" from its name because stigma continues to affect people with HIV/AIDS.

"HIV stigma is a huge deterrent to testing, education, prevention, and outreach," said Stacey Cuevas, an RCA board member and a supervisor at HIV Case Management (HCM) at Rowan Regional Medical Center. "Many people, including medical professionals, believe that all people with HIV or AIDS are drug users or lead a risky lifestyle."

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