January 26, 2004
HIV/AIDS advocates say that outreach and education programs are necessary because "there remains a widespread misconception" that antiretroviral drugs offer a "cure for AIDS, or that living with the diseases is just not that big a deal," the Times reports. Jeffrey Kraus, executive director of the Hudson Valley regional agency AIDS Related Community Service, said, "Because there's a viable treatment that's keeping a lot of people alive and healthy, people think that 'Gee, this isn't so bad; it's treatable. I can live with it.' [But t]hat's a dire mistake." Larry Hilton, executive director of HIV/AIDS programs for the Urban League and co-chair of the Westchester AIDS Council, said that the council is exploring new ways of addressing HIV/AIDS prevention among the hardest-hit populations in the county, according to the Times. He said that one possible way to target African Americans is through faith-based initiatives, as religious leaders could be a "powerful force in AIDS prevention," the Times reports. Kraus and other HIV/AIDS advocates also say that needle exchange programs could help curb the spread of the disease in the Hudson Valley region, where 38% of cases are attributed to injection drug use (Stone Lombardi, New York Times, 1/25).
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