June 5, 2006
Monday marked the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS. In San Francisco in 1981, a mysterious illness affected a group of men. this illness was later classified as AIDS and today more than 40 million people worldwide are living with the virus.
We have come a long way since the early 80s with medical advances and education, but more progress still needs to be made.
Kathy Baker, Director of the AIDS Services Group in Charlottesville, wishes this epidemic was wiped out.
"Not another generation of AIDS. We need to take this very, very seriously, treat it as a public health crisis and wipe this disease out once and for all."
HIV testing is available at ASG for no charge and all the tests are confidential.