Advertisements

World AIDS Day Commemorated in Bristol

AIDS Walk and Vigil

The Bristol Mayor’s Task Force on HIV/AIDS commemorated World AIDS Day 2017 with distribution of packets HIV/AIDS information to hundreds of clients at the Hartford Dispensary. HIV/AIDS information about testing and prevention was available as well at Wheeler Clinic’s Health & Wellness Center.

On December 1, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the annual number of HIV diagnoses declined 5% between 2011 and 2015.  In 2016, 39,782 people received a new HIV diagnosis. The disease is still being transmitted and over 16,000 of those new diagnoses were in people under 30. The CDC estimates 1,122,900 adults and adolescents were living with HIV at the end of 2015.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health reports that between 2010 and 2014, 18 new cases of HIV infection in Bristol were reported.  The DPH website reports that a total of 177 people have been diagnosed with HIV in Bristol since 1981 with 94 still living with the virus.

New medications have helped people living with HIV live long lives with low virus counts if they are able to access early treatment and obtain medication and appropriate healthcare. In addition, PrEP, preventative medication, can be taken to prevent infection for people at a high risk of becoming infected.

The Bristol Mayor’s Task Force, created in 1991, continues to reach out to the community with a variety of educational programs and an emphasis on prevention and awareness for a broad range of people at risk of infection and helps to provide resources and services for those who are infected and affected.

In April, the Task Force’s annual professional development workshop will be offered for medical and social service staff involved in HIV-related care. The Task Force meets monthly at City Hall and its members reflect different aspects of the Bristol community.

For those interested in local testing sites, they can be found at: http://aids.gov/locator/ For more information about the Mayor’s Task Force, its programs and community projects, please contact Gabrielle Gelinas at 860.589.6433.

Advertisements

The Roundup is a popular weekly magazine covering central Connecticut news, Statewide news, National news, local events, commentary, and more.

 

The Roundup currently has over 5,700 subscriptions and a local social media following of over 95,000 readers across multiple social media sites, apps, pages, and groups.

 

The Roundup is also a proud member of WordPress. This affiliation offers readers more news from FOX 61 and CBS Connecticut on The Roundup.

Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61

Hebron community comes to the rescue after Grinch steals Christmas gifts

Hebron community comes to the rescue after Grinch steals Christmas gifts

HEBRON —  A video showing what appears to be the Grinch stealing Christmas gifts from a Hebron home, made a lasting impression on the community. Maria McKeon said the man seen in the video stole all the Christmas gifts from her home, and many of them were supposed to go to a needy family in New London who McKeon adopted for the holidays. The children are ages three, five, and 10 and a newborn. The community wasn’t going to let […]

Rocky Hill mother wants school to help stop her son from getting bullied

Rocky Hill mother wants school to help stop her son from getting bullied

ROCKY HILL – Christine Deziel said she’s running out of options to help her son. “For the past two years my son has been getting bullied,” she said. Her son goes to Griswald Middle School in Rocky Hill and said he’s stopped doing homework and all of his normal activities. She said he’s been bullied so much that just a few weeks ago her son said something no parent ever wants to hear. “He actually last year came to me […]

Connecticut State Police deliver toys to patients at CCMC

Connecticut State Police deliver toys to patients at CCMC

HARTFORD – A 22-year long tradition hit Hartford once again where Connecticut State troopers traded police work for playtime. A group of State Police troopers showed up at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center with lots of toys in tow, part of their annual toy drive for the kids at the hospital. “It’s great to give back to the community and to these kids,” said Trooper First Class Jim Nolting who mentioned he had been part of the toy drive for a […]

Cemetery manager arrested for piling graves on top of one another in Bridgeport, appears in court

Cemetery manager arrested for piling graves on top of one another in Bridgeport, appears in court

BRIDGEPORT — A former Bridgeport cemetery manager appeared before a judge Tuesday. She was arrested after a police investigation found new grave sites were placed on top of old ones in the city’s Park Cemetery. Dale LaPrade, 64, appeared briefly in Bridgeport Superior Court, requesting representation by a public defender, which was granted. However, FOX61’s interview request was tersely denied by LaPrade, who said, “Don’t take my picture. I’m telling you right now,” as her husband, Daniel LaPrade, the longtime former […]

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.