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Our message of prevention and treatment is important. Of the 3,073 people living with HIV in Oklahoma, 47% are under the age of 29. These are young adults who have always lived in a world with HIV/AIDS and were born after the height of the AIDS epidemic. Of these, less than 50% regularly see an HIV doctor and less than 30% have their virus under control. Fear and anxiety are the largest obstacles for HIV treatment and the main reason patients avoid being tested. Until we can start a widespread conversations about HIV education and prevention and quiet the stigma surrounding a positive diagnosis, there will continue to be an HIV/AIDS epidemic in Oklahoma.
Because the stigma of HIV can be cruel, the Positive Heroes Reception will feature stories of hope and strength from those affected by the disease. Our featured heroes will share their experiences to promote positive change and impact our education and prevention efforts. Our inaugural speaker will be Jeanne White-Ginder. Mrs. White-Ginder is the mother of the late Ryan White, a young man who was diagnosed with AIDS following a blood transfusion in December 1984. Her powerful message is one of better understanding, acceptance and love for people with HIV/AIDS.
Join on us Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel for the inaugural Positive Heroes Reception. We hope the compelling story of Ryan White’s fight will create positive conversations and continue to serve as a catalyst for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in Oklahoma. Join this fight and become a positive hero in the community.