Wisconsin: Survival Rates Are Improving, but Complacency Keeps AIDS Prevalent
February 2, 2011
Of the 443 new HIV infections reported to the state in 2009, eight were in Rock County and five in Walworth County. Officials at AIDS Network, which serves a 13-county area that includes Rock and Walworth, say local HIV prevention efforts have largely stalled due to complacency and a lack of funding.
Kathy Fox, a case manager for the organization's Janesville location, said most people do not realize the medications can cost up to $3,500 a month and cause diarrhea, neuropathy, nausea, sleeplessness and kidney stones. "I had two [client] deaths this past year, and both were complacent on their meds," she said. "It's a lifetime regimen. You're never going to be able to stop taking that medication."
01.31.2011; Shelly Birkelo
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