Campaign aims to reduce HIV rates in South Florida
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Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV rates remain an issue across the U.S., and some states are having a particularly difficult time controlling the spread of these infections and viruses. Recently, officials in Broward County, Florida launched a campaign called Broward is Greater than AIDS, which is aimed at encouraging residents of the area to practice safer sex and visit STD testing centers in Florida to reduce the spread of HIV in the county
South Florida leads the nation in new HIV infections, according to Broward Net, which is why this campaign is so important. The message of Broward is Greater than AIDS is that residents need to know learn their HIV status and that of their partner as well.
"About 16,000 Broward County residents currently live with HIV and AIDS. This number has steadily increased over the last decade due to increased testing and improved treatment. HIV/AIDS in Broward County continues to disproportionately affect men of all races and ethnicities who have sex with men, and women of color," said Paula Thaqi, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Broward County Health Department, quoted by the news source.
United States Congressman Alcee Hastings, who serves Florida’s 23rd District, told the information provider that anyone can get HIV/AIDS, which is why it's important to encourage all sexually active individuals to get tested, especially young people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 account for half of all new STD infections each year, which is why it is particularly important for young people to get tested and practice safer sex.
Broward Net added that It is estimated that 21 percent of adult Americans currently infected with HIV are unaware of their status. Early detection of HIV can help save lives.
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