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Radio Smart Talk: World AIDS Day

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Nov 28, 2012 4:28 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, November 29:

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December 1 is World AIDS Day.  It is a time to raise awareness about the global epidemic, to support the millions that are living with HIV/AIDS, and to remember the millions more who have died.

About 1.1 million Americans are living with the HIV virus.  Progress has been made in treatment and most who contract the disease are living longer.  The bad news though is it's estimated that one-in-five don't know they have the HIV virus and that's one of the reasons testing is so important.

Some 50,000 become infected with the virus each year in the United States compared to about 130,000 in the mid-80s.

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Appearing on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk will be Phil Goropoulos, president and CEO of Alder Health Services and Tamara Allen Wurst, HIV Provider Relations Manager at the Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania.

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Phil Goropoulos, president and CEO of Alder Health Services and Tamara Allen Wurst, HIV Provider Relations Manager at the Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-11-29 09:28

    Email from Troy S. of Millersburg:

    I hesitate to bring up this topic, but feel it's important to hear for those who are unaware of it because of its relation to the AIDS topic.

    In Uganda they had been trying to pass a law known commonly as the "Kill The Gays" bill, but worldwide condemnation forced them to table it. Now the President of Uganda wants to pass the bill into law by Christmas as a "present" to the people of Uganda.

    The bill is popular among many people in Uganda based on their mistaken belief that gay people are the primary carriers of HIV / AIDS. Studies I have seen show infected mothers in many areas of Africa as being many of the primary carriers. This misinformation needs to be addressed as the demographics for straight / gay infections differ from country to country and region to region and have changed quite a bit over the years.

    Could the speakers address the demographics and dispel some of the stereotypes please.

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