HIV/AIDS Rates in the South Rising - Friday is National HIV Testing Day

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email
HIV/AIDS, you may not hear about it as often anymore but it

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HIV/AIDS, you may not hear about it as often anymore but it's a bigger issue than you think.

The south is actually the center of the epidemic in America.

In Houston County alone there are 432 diagnosed cases of HIV and those are just the documented cases.

That number doesn't account for the people who haven't been tested and don't know they're HIV positive, so the total could be higher.

The Medical Aids Outreach of Alabama's Dothan office is doing what it can to help slow the spread of the virus.

Numbers show the south has one of the highest rates of the disease in the country.

People between 13 and 25 are most susceptible.

The Medical Aids Outreach of Alabama is trying to spread the word of prevention and communication.

They say the first step to lowering rates is for parents to talk with their kids.

The best way to prevent transmitting the disease is abstaining from sex, wearing a latex condom and routinely getting tested every year.

To help raise awareness for the younger generation, the Medical Aids Outreach of Alabama is teaming up with Girls Inc. in Dothan for a fashion show on Friday.

There will be free testing at the event.

It starts at 6:00 p.m. Friday night at the Hyundai dealership on Ross Clark Circle, tickets are $5.

The fashion show coincides with National HIV Testing Day.

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