YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – December is AIDS Awareness Month At this time, the Centers for Disease Control reports that there are just over 1 million people in the United States United living with HIV / AIDS
The Ohio Department of Health estimates that there are 470 people living with HIV / AIDS in Mahoning County, which is an increase of approximately 24 as of 2015.
the Tri-county amount, more than 700 people live with the disease, the Valley's figures coincide with state and national trends.
The Ursuline Sisters' HIV / AIDS ministry includes a comprehensive care center where people can be tested and treated 19659003] The center serves 320 adults and children living with HIV each year, saying that people with HIV fight against the stigma and shame associated with the disease . 59003] we try or create an atmosphere of love and acceptance for people who are HIV positive and create a community for them because, in many cases, they do not feel that they are part of a community. They feel they are alone, "said Dan Wakefield, specialist coordinator of the Ursuline Sisters' Ministry of HIV / AIDS.
Wakefield says that the most effective tools to combat HIV are prevention, education and testing. people think about HIV, they look through the lens of how things were in the 1980s.
"It was a death sentence and it is no longer the case. People who take their medications as prescribed live a life almost comparable to those who are not HIV positive, "said Wakefield.
It is estimated that 15 percent of people living with HIV do not know it because they have not have been tested.
People who want to get tested do not have to go to the Ursuline Sisters' Comprehensive Care Center to get tested.They move around the community.For future locations, call (330) 793- 0434.