FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2016
Heartland CARES, Inc. Recognizes World AIDS Day
“As we mark this important day around the world, we know that AIDS is still here, and in our 20th year in western Kentucky and southern Illinois, so is Heartland CARES.” – Sean Oslin, Heartland CARES Executive Director
Paducah, KY – The region’s HIV and AIDS services organization, Heartland CARES, Inc., marks World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1 with events around the region, including a balloon release at 4 pm at the Wilson Stage on Paducah’s Riverfront.
The World AIDS Day events recognize the impact of HIV and AIDS on the local area, and launch the 20th anniversary celebration of Heartland CARES’s life-saving work in the community. “As we mark this important day around the world, we know that AIDS is still here, and in our 20th year in western Kentucky and southern Illinois, so is Heartland CARES,” said Sean Oslin, Heartland CARES Executive Director
The organization also celebrates scientific advancements in treatment for HIV and AIDS. “Treatment for HIV and AIDS has progressed a long way since the first World AIDS Day in 1988,” Oslin continued. “People today can live decades, rather than months, and the treatment is much simpler than it used to be. Some now take as little as one pill a day.”
The advances in treatment work best when HIV is diagnosed early. “Our message to the community is to get tested and treated early,” said Heartland CARES Board Chair & Murray State University Office of LGBT Programing Director Jody Cofer Randall. “A significant number in our area are HIV positive and don’t know it, and too many wait until their health is compromised to get tested,” she added.
“We hope for a day without HIV and AIDS, and with the latest testing, treatment, and prevention measures, that goal is in sight. Hope is here, today, at Heartland CARES,” Oslin concluded.
World AIDS Day events are free and open to the public, and taking place in Paducah, Murray, and Hopkinsville.