New optimism about stemming spread of AIDS virus
‘‘I felt that I should get out here and try to help somebody else, because somebody had to help us get into care,’’ said Turner, now 53 and a community health worker.
The city’s latest HIV count suggests progress, with a slight decrease in new diagnoses and a majority of patients being connected with medical care. Community workers such as Turner are called to try to help people stay on treatment when other problems intervene.
‘‘If they’re on drugs, I take them to the drug program. If they need help going on Medicaid, I go with them to Medicaid,’’ Turner said. ‘‘Any problem they have, I'm going to try to fix it and get them back into care.’’
Associated Press Deputy Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta and News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.
International AIDS conference: http://www.aids2012.org
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