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Louisiana: Walkers Seek Awareness to Battle HIV

May 21, 2010

Almost 200 people marched along River Road in downtown Baton Rouge Sunday night, holding candles in memory of those lost to AIDS. In addition to remembering the dead, participants saw the event as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing threat of the disease. "The community-based groups are doing everything they can to get the information out there, but it's up to the public to grasp it," said L.J. Banks of Baton Rouge. "Awareness is low, and education is still needed." Of particular concern are cutbacks resulting from the poor economy. "I've worked with AIDS organizations for 27 years," said Jack Carrel, director of the state Office of Public Health's HIV Program Office under the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. "And this is the scariest time I've ever seen at the state level."

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Adapted from:
The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
05.17.2010; Katie Kennedy

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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.
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