HIV/AIDS Still a Relevant Issue Internationally, Locally
According to the HIV program manager for Aspire Indiana Behavioral Health System, the rate of infections in Muncie is small but still concerning. “Aspire’s [testing] program is not capturing very many HIV-positives,” said Julie Foltz. “That doesn’t mean people aren’t getting it or that people aren’t infected.” Randy Lykens, HIV care coordinator for Meridian Health Services, said 206 people were living with HIV in his coverage area - Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Jay, and Randolph counties - at the end of 2011. The region saw a 5 percent increase since 2010, he added. Foltz said that as HIV/AIDS has become a more manageable condition, people have grown complacent about it. She emphasized, however, “It’s definitely an illness that still needs to be addressed.”
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