CDC Numbers Spark Louisiana Action
The Baton Rouge Advocate/WBRZ: "Ministers from seven Baton Rouge churches soon will step forward and be among the first tested for the HIV/AIDS virus in a new pastoral effort to combat the city's high incidence rate. The ministerial initiative was prompted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's summer report showing the Baton Rouge metro area ranks third in the nation for AIDS case rates ... Only 10 percent of the Baton Rouge population has been tested for the disease, said Jack Carrel, prevention manager with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention Program ... In Baton Rouge, 'people find out very late in the HIV process,' he said" (Couvillion, 6/22). The action was prompted by a CDC report.
In related news, WAPT.com (Jackson, Miss.), examines how the Office of National AIDS Policy chose large cities and Southern cities to hold their HIV/AIDS community forums to address HIV/AIDS on a national level (8/24).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.