AIDS

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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.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for February 10, 2013, including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney reports on the latest news from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in regards to looming sequestration cuts.

- Jerry Kenney reports on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

- Ohio Food and Farming Conference Draws Near

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.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for August 5, 2012 including the following stories:

-Boogie Nights: A History Of Funk In Dayton, by Community Voices producer Basim Blunt

-New Ohio Guide: Little Italy, by Karen Schaefer

-Jerry Kenney speaks with Bill Hardy of AIDS Resource Center Ohio about Truvada, the recently FDA-approved drug aimed at preventing HIV.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for December 4, 2011 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney speaks with Bill Hardy, Executive Director of AIDS Resource Center Ohio about World AIDS Day and where we are with HIV/AIDS research.

-Jerry Kenney speaks with Deena Hummel, admissions advisor with Antioch University Midwest, and Judy Wherry, director of adult and continuing education at Urbana University about adult learners in higher education.

For years, the Rubi Girls have entertained local audiences, and audiences around the country. In their twenty years together, it's estimated they've helped raise several hundred thousand dollars for HIV/AIDS prevention and research. We spoke with them recently about their history and the fun they have working for a serious cause. Here's part of that interview.

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.

HIV Program Cuts

Jul 7, 2010

Last week, the Ohio Department of Health announced changes to a national program that serves people living with HIV/AIDS. Changes to the Ryan White program will cut medical services, restrict eligibility, institute a services wait list, and reduce medications currently offered by the program.

Right now more than 14ooo Ohio residents living with HIV/AIDS are served by the program, but escalating costs and a projected state defecit of 16.4mil will cut that number.