Birmingham AIDS Outreach hopeful about U.N. statement on reversing, halting spread of AIDS

MGN Online

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Advancements in HIV/AIDS research is accelerating, but there is still a lot to do.

“To hear an actual date from the United Nations is very hopeful,” Birmingham AIDS Outreach Education Director Josh Bruce says.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 5 people infected with HIV in the United States is unaware of their status and may be unknowingly transmitting the virus.

This is why at Birmingham AIDS Outreach we urge everyone to be tested for HIV.

On Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said the overall U.N. goal of halting and reversing the spread of AIDS will be met by 2015.

The Secretary General spoke at the United Nations General Assembly.

Ban Ki-moon said despite the “important progress” more must be done to target AIDS in places where the disease is still spreading.

“Knowing your status is the first step to protecting yourself and others and ending the epidemic. Antiretroviral therapy must be expanded,” Bruce says. “We know that when a person is infected with HIV and taking antiretroviral medication they are almost incapable of infecting another person. At Birmingham AIDS Outreach the HIV test is always free, it is a simple mouth swab, no needles, and we can give results in just 20 minutes. We are located at 205 32nd Street South in Birmingham.”

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