Today - on this World AIDS day - in Ohio there are about 16,000 identified cases of people living with HIV/AIDS. However, that number changes significantly when you consider that an estimated 20% of the people infected with the disease aren't aware that they have it.
When the first cases of Aids started showing up, the prognosis for adults with the disease wasn't good. As children began to be born with HIV, The situation was just as dire and death rates were high.
"Early on, we didn't have much treatment we could do to prevent the infection from worsening, so it was really symptomatic care treating the infections, treating the complications, but the mortality was pretty high, and all those kids unfortunately died at a very young age," says Dr. Sherman Alter is the Director of Infectious Diseases at Children's Medical Center of Dayton.
NPR Commentator and natural history writer and artist, Julie Zickefoose, lives in a farm in southeastern Ohio. But this week, she's in the Miami Valley leading a workshop for the Tecumseh Land Trust's 20th anniversary celebration. Zickefoose is an avid observer of birds, and says that this time of year is her favorite for bird watching in southern Ohio.