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Cincinnati AIDS Awareness Group 20 Years Old

February 28, 2003

Back in 1983, nobody expected AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati to be around this long. But AIDS has not been cured, so the need has not stopped.

An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 people in greater Cincinnati have HIV, and as many as 25 percent of them do not know it. So after 20 years of raising awareness and helping HIV-infected people find treatment, support groups and financial help, AVOC members say there is still much work to do. "AIDS doesn't exist someplace else, and it isn't a reality of the past. It's a reality of today in Cincinnati," Elizabeth Turnbull, president of AVOC's board of trustees, said at an event Tuesday marking the group's 20th anniversary.

AVOC used the occasion to announce three initiatives:

  • A $1 million capital campaign to be launched in April to seek more support from business leaders.
  • An updated awareness campaign to be launched within weeks that is aimed at young people.
  • A plan to offer a fast new HIV test that provides results in about 20 minutes. The new OraQuick test should make it easier for more people to be tested, because AVOC staffers can take test kits with them on outreach missions.

Two Cincinnati City Council members -- Alicia Reece and John Cranley -- said Tuesday that the city should improve its often arms-length relationship with AVOC. "As a city, we've been supportive of AVOC from afar," Reece said. "It's time for a new partnership between the city and AVOC, not from afar, but shoulder-to-shoulder."

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Adapted from:
Cincinnati Enquirer
02.26.03; Tim Bonfield

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.