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The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS in West Virginia

June 4, 2007

A majority are in their 20s and 30s, one-quarter of them are women, and one-third are African American. Those are the latest statistics on West Virginians battling HIV/AIDS as the state's month-long Rainbow Pride Festival gets underway. Amy Weintraub with the Covenant House in Charleston says the disease is no longer a man's illness.

"The face of AIDS is shifting, it's not a so-called 'gay disease' here in the Mountain State."

A panel discussion on the changing face of HIV/AIDS this Wednesday at Taylor Books, Charleston that aims to raise public awareness about the continuing spread of the disease and to reduce the stigma still sometimes attached to it. The Rainbow Pride Festival kicked off with a Rainbow Run race and walk over the weekend.

Weintraub points out that HIV/AIDS patients have a lot to manage in their lives to stay alive and are at a high risk of becoming homeless.

"After medical costs and transportation costs, they spend much more of their income on those things and don't have enough often to cover basic human needs such as food and housing."

Covenant Houseworks with West Virginians who are HIV positive to keep them in their own homes, and the group provides furnished homes for those who lose theirs.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WV