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AETN provides statewide update on HIV/AIDS

In recognition of World AIDS Day, a panel of experts will look at HIV and AIDS in Arkansas during “HIV/AIDS in Arkansas,” airing Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

Panelists will discuss AIDS 30 years from the first diagnosis in 1981, AIDS in people over age 50, statistics, trends, common risk factors, myths, transmission, diagnosis, treatment and support services and programs. Experts include: Derrick Newby, program administrator for Delta Region AIDS Education and Training; Krissten Bagwell, special services program coordinator for ARCare; Dr. James Phillips, MD, Branch Chief of Infectious Disease, Center for Health Protection for Arkansas Department of Health; and Bob Coffey, volunteer and advocate.

Jancey Sheets of KARK Channel 4 hosts.

The HIV/AIDS quarterly report published by the Arkansas Department of Health on June 30 showed that a cumulative total of 8,018 cases of HIV/AIDS had been reported in the state since 1983. Of that number, 4,503 cases met the AIDS definition, and 2,439 had died.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the end of 2008, an estimated 1,178,350 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS, with an estimated 50,000 additional cases diagnosed each year.

AETN has been covering this subject for Arkansans each year since 1989.

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