AIDS (Hot Topics) by Leanne K. Currie-McGhee

By Leanne K. Currie-McGhee

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59 Fighting AIDS with Prevention U ntil a vaccine to prevent HIV is developed, health officials believe that the best way to prevent AIDS is by teaching people what they can do to reduce their risk of contracting HIV. Prevention programs teach people the medical facts of HIV/ AIDS, how the disease is transmitted, and how people can reduce their chance of infection. Additionally, many prevention programs provide people with tools, such as condoms, that can be used to prevent them from contracting HIV/AIDS.

In Hickman v. S. legal organizaion dedicated to defending the civil rights of gay people and people with HIV, represented Hickman. Lambda Legal obtained a favorable settlement from the franchise, including monetary damages. Additionally, the settlement helped educate people about HIV because the settlement included that the franchise must provide HIV training for supervisors at the company. Heath-Care Issues People living with HIV often need good medical treatment and advice to deal with their disease.

Small grassroots organizations, such as the Tidewater AIDS Community Taskforce, which works with infected 57 58 AIDS Not Getting Tested Because of the AIDS stigma, some people choose not to get tested for AIDS. These people are afraid of how others will react if they are positive. 5 percent of the country’s estimated 5 million people are HIV-positive. However, many do not know their status because they will not get tested. Although there are several hospitals that will test for HIV at no cost, most people are only tested after being referred to do so by their doctor.

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