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World AIDS Day - an Arkansas update Dec. 10

Posted on 02 Dec 2010

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Yesterday was World AIDS Day - a day to highlight the fact that HIV/AIDS is clearly a complex worldwide health problem that affects individuals, families and communities at large.  Each year, AETN airs 'HIV/AIDS in Arkansas' to dispel the myths and uncover the facts about HIV/AIDS transmission including statewide updates from local experts.  The program details how the disease can be spread, prevention, testing, and current treatments.

The Arkansas Dept. of Health has an extensive 'Frequently Asked Questions' section where you can a plethora of information - visit The Arkansas Department of Health HIV/AIDS Frequently Asked Questions webpage.  

According to the 2009-2010 Arkansas Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need and Comprehensive Plan from the Arkansas Dept. of Health:1.  As of Dec. 31, 2007, there were 2,594 cases of HIV (not AIDS) - an increase of 7.6% from 20062.  As of Dec. 31, 2007, there were 2,466 cases of AIDS - an increase of 6.4% from 2006

To find out more about this complicated and often deadly disease including an update from a panel of experts, tune in to AETN Friday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Local panelists include:

  • Dr. James Phillips - Chief of the Infectious Disease Branch of the Center for Health Protection, Arkansas Department of Health
  • Kristen Bagwell - ARCare Special Services Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Michael Saccente - Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine at UAMS
  • Sarah Harvey - HIV/STD Epidemiologist for the Infectious Disease Branch, Arkansas Department of Health
  • Derrick Newby - Program Coordinator for the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Centers
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