December 1, 2003--Posted at 6:51 p.m. CST
JONESBORO--December 1st is National AIDS Awareness Day. The disease is so widespread, it now claims the lives of five people every minute. In the state of Arkansas alone, there are more than 6,000 people who are HIV positive.
As the world celebrates AIDS awareness day, many young people are letting it go through one ear and out the other.
"This isn't a disease that's affecting individuals anymore, it's a disease that affecting family units," said Biazo.
And it's true...medicine can help people with HIV live longer these days...just look at Magic Johnson and Region 8's Dale Davis.
Davis has been effect with the disease for nearly 13 years. He contracted HIV while working as a hospice nurse.
"I got infected from a needle, and back then we didn't have the safety precautions that we have on needles today, which I wish we did back then. I don't hold any remorse against the job," said Davis cheerfully. "But it's sad to me, because so many younger kids becoming positive, I just don't know what the world is coming to today."
While the disease can be very costly in more ways than one...prevention and education can be pretty cheap.
For more information about HIV and AIDS testing, contact your local health department or the Northeast Arkansas Regional Aids Network at 888-245-AIDS.