Miami Herald Examines Efforts to Improve HIV/AIDS Knowledge Among Young People
March 3, 2009
The Miami Herald on Monday examined efforts to improve HIV/AIDS knowledge among young people and combat the stigma associated with the disease. According to the Herald, the effectiveness of modern antiretroviral drugs has created the perception among some young people that HIV/AIDS is not a fatal condition. Charles Martin, director of the South Beach AIDS Project, said, "In the '80s, you'd see people losing weight and becoming gaunt. People called [HIV/AIDS] a death sentence." However, young people today who "haven't seen the devastation begin to look at AIDS as a manageable condition," Martin said.
According to the Herald, Florida in 2007 reported 6,235 new HIV cases and 1,747 AIDS-related deaths. According to the Florida Department of Health, Fort Lauderdale ranked third for new HIV cases in U.S. urban areas in 2007, with Miami ranking fourth and Palm Beach ranking 11th (Tasker, Miami Herald, 3/2).
"The Stigma Stops With Me" episodes are available from the Herald online.
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