Bonnie North speaks with Claire Hanan of Milwaukee Magazine, and artist Niki Johnson whose exhibit is the subject of Hanan's article.
It is World AIDS Day, and the devastation the disease has caused around the globe is sobering and grim. But there is cause for quite a lot of hope as education and new advancements in medicine help those infected live healthier lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 1.1 million people in this country over age 13 are living with an HIV infection, including as many as 207,000 who are living with it but have not yet been diagnosed.
The diagnosis of AIDS today is no longer necessarily the death sentence that it was when the disease emerged on a wide scale in the 1980s, but that does not mean it is not a personal and public health challenge.
Earlier this week, we heard about the effectiveness of one Milwaukee-based organization in helping the quality of life for AIDS patients. The strength of the work of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin lies in its so-called “medical home” model, in which a variety of services, from medical care to pharmacy to mental health support, are provided under one roof. But reaching and helping people with HIV and AIDS can be especially challenging, when we’re talking about the homeless population.