RALEIGH, NC – Although the number of new HIV cases in North Carolina has been declining steadily for a decade, the people who work on this issue still face mounting obstacles to get the best service for their clients.
Standing at the fore of this issue are three people who work with the North Carolina population living with HIV and AIDS. Lee Storrow, executive director of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network; Hector Salgado, executive director of the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolinas; and Yvonne Torres, director of HIV/STD Program Manager for Wake County Human Services are working daily on addressing the needs of people already diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in North Carolina, specifically Wake County.
In 2004, AIDS research collaborative Delaney CARE reported that North Carolina had 1,641 new cases of HIV while it had 1,631 in 2014. In addition to this encouraging trend, the number of people who are in the end stages of AIDS has decreased significantly.
This increase in quality of life is attributable in large part to an increase in post-diagnostic care. The North Carolina Department of Public Health reports that 71% of people who are HIV-positive receive at least once medical care visit per year. In addition, 62% of those people are considered virally suppressed.
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