Fair to fight HIV/AIDS in BR

Nurse Pamela Williams and Dr. Michael Stuart work on a patient’s recorders at LSU Mid City Clinic. The clinic is dedicating an oak tree Friday as well as holding health fair on Friday all for World AIDS Day. (Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK)

The first step in wiping out AIDS deaths in Louisiana is for people to know their HIV status, and LSU health officials say they plan to help them do that Friday through a community outreach effort.

Health officials with the LSU Mid City Clinic are holding a health fair Friday, a day in advance of what is officially designated as World AIDS Day, and will also be dedicating a live oak tree near the North Foster Drive clinic in recognition of the worldwide health event.

Health officials fighting AIDS and HIV in Louisiana and Baton Rouge have their work cut out for them. The Baton Rouge metro area ranked first in the nation in 2010 in the rate of AIDS cases per 100,000 population, according to state Department of Health and Hospitals data.

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