Aids Resource Center

HIV Summer Camps Rethink Their Identities

Sep 27, 2015
Camp Sunrise in Clinton County has seen a steep decline in enrollment. hiv summer camp
Paula Katz / Camp Sunrise

In the mid 1990s, summer camps for kids affected by the AIDS epidemic sprang up all over the country.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says three organizations have received more than $1 million in federal funds to provide housing assistance and limited case management services for Ohioans with HIV and AIDS.

The Ohio Development Services Agency says the grant winners are: the Community AIDS Network in Portage and Summit counties; COMPASS Family in Mahoning County; and the AIDS Resource Center Ohio. The center will use the funds to provide housing services to those in Athens, Canton, Dayton, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Toledo and the surrounding counties.

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The AIDS Resource Center of Ohio, or ARC, has opened a new medical center near the University of Dayton campus. The center will be funded in part by its own in-house pharmacy on the first floor of the Wright Health Building, where the center will take over the second floor.

Thursday, February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the Centers for Disease Control say that, although blacks make up just 14% of the national population, they account for about 44% of all new HIV infections.

Here in Ohio, Blacks make up just twelve percent of the population but account for almost half – 49% of all new HIV infections.  So, health organizations around the country, including Ohio, say they’re mobilizing to encourage populations of color to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated.

The Rubi Girls began as three guys entertaining their friends and each other with funny songs and sketches in their attic.  Over 25 years later, the Rubi Girls are now for their dynamic, hilarious and highly entertaining performances that mainly benefit HIV/AIDs causes.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with two members of the Rubi Girls, Jonathan McNeal and founding member Josh Stucky, about the group's performances and their journey from the attic to the stage.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a preventative drug for HIV.  The drug is called Truvada, and though it has been hailed as good news in the fight against HIV / AIDS, says there are some concerns associated with the treatment.  Bill Hardy with AIDS Resource Center Ohio gives us the pros and cons in this ARC update on WYSO's Morning Edition.