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$10 million to fund HIV treatment in Hillsborough County listen

06/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

Tags: AIDS, HIV, healthcare funding, Hillsborough County Commission


Hillsborough County’s Healthcare services division is getting almost $10 million dollars to spend on HIV treatment. That’s a more than $800,000 increase to the previous HIV Emergency Relief Program budget. Hillsborough County Commissioners approved the federal grant during a meeting Wednesday.

Gene Earley is the director of the department overseeing the program.

“And this is the largest increase in HIV funding in many, many years.”

The Ryan White Part A grant funds emergency HIV re...

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ACLU staffer pushes for Floridan ex-felons to regain civil rights and new developments in the search for an aids cure

03/06/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Joyce Hamilton Henry, Nathalia Holt, HIV, AIDS


Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with a local ACLU staffer who is in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Human Rights Council testifying about how hard it is for ex-felons to have their civil rights restored in the US.. Joyce Hamilton Henry is mid-Florida regional director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Ex felons must apply to the Florida Cabinet to have their civil rights restored. It affects voting and professional licensing. According to the ACLU, 23 percent of Florida's black ...

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He has HIV/AIDS and he is still positive listen

03/31/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday


When someone is diagnosed with a debilitating disease, it can be difficult to keep up spirits. Last week HIV educator Scott Fried shared his message of sexual safety, responsibility, and self-esteem at the University of South Florida.

In 1987, when 24 year-old Scott Fried contracted the HIV virus, it was considered a death sentence. Since then, he has lost 131 of his friends to AIDS.

“I wasn't raped, I wasn't coerced, I wasn't drugged, rufied, pinned down,” Fried said to a group of...

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Results: The Grassroots Citizen's Lobby

02/06/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll speak with activists with the grassroots citizen's lobby called Results. The mission of Results is to create the political will to end the worst aspects of poverty and to empower individuals. Our guests are Ken and Linda Schatz who live in Tampa and are volunteers with the organization. On the phone with us is Ken Patterson who is the national grassroots manager of results. there will be a local meeting for people interest...

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World AIDS Day wellness fair Thursday in Pinellas County listen

11/30/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Thursday is the 23rd Annual World AIDS Day. The Pinellas County HIV/AIDS Prevention Partnership is holding a wellness fair.

Lisa Cohen, HIV/AIDS Program coordinator for the Pinellas County Health Department says the event will promote awareness by providing resources open to the public.

“This year we’re observing the 30th year since AIDS was first reported. We’re providing free health screenings, flu vaccines, HIV...

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HIV/AIDS infections an epidemic among African-Americans listen

08/04/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Florida HIV infection rates have increased recently in two groups: gay and bisexual males, and African-American females. WMNF’s Josh Holton reports from today’s National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS conference at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

A report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, found that there have been about 50,000 new HIV infections in the country each year from 2006-2009, an...


USF HIV Walk listen

12/06/10 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Over 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV. On Saturday, USF’s Institute of Black Life held its 2nd annual HIV/AIDS march with the slogan “walking for the cure”.

This walk is not the first time USF has held an event in response to HIV. This past March they offered free HIV testing to all women in the bay area. The coordinator of both events, Clara Cobb, says there’s still a stereotype attached to HIV.

“This is a disease that people don’t want to talk about. They ...

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National Black Aids/HIV Awareness Day Event Held in St. Pete listen

02/08/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In honor of the 10th Annual National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day on February 7, the Pinellas County Health Department worked with area partnerships to organize several community events over the weekend.

On Saturday the Front Porch Community Development Association in St. Petersburg hosted one of the events. HIV Screenings and prevention education were offered to the hundreds of people that attended. J. Carl Devine is the executive director of the Banyan Tree Project, a group dedicated to ...


High rates of HIV and AIDS among African Americans in Tampa Bay listen

03/27/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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HIV and AIDS rates are so high among African-Americans in the Tampa Bay region, that a New York-based group is opening its first southern office here. The Tampa Bay affiliate of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS was officially installed today.

Lepena Reid, from Tampa, does not know how long she has been living with HIV, but she says her life “took a down slope” after she was attacked and raped when very young.

“It’s been a journey. There are ups and downs. There a...


Harvard trained doctor works with HIV/AIDS patients in Haiti listen

03/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dr. David Walton is a Harvard trained physician who has worked with the group Partners in Health since 1997. He divides his time between Boston and Haiti, where he’s an expert on the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Walton is speaking right now on the USF-St. Pete campus, but was at WMNF’s studios earlier today.

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