AIDS Resource Alliance: There are 35,033 documented HIV cases in Pennsylvania

AIDS Resource Alliance: There are 35,033 documented HIV cases in Pennsylvania

People with HIV, who live in a simple warm house that has a welcoming front porch, have got a helping hand in Centre County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that in the world, there are 36.9 million people, who have HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. Among all, a million cases have been diagnosed in the United States.

As per the AIDS Resource Alliance, a local nonprofit organization that gives emotional support and financial relief to people with HIV and AIDS, Pennsylvania has 35,033 documented cases. The organization started working in 2012.

Opened in Lycoming County, AR is now assisting clients in Centre, Clinton, Snyder, Union and Potter counties.

A report published in 2013 suggested that there were 239 cases of people with the virus that led to HIV and AIDS in Centre County, at that time. Out of that number, 174 people have been reported alive and 65 people are no more as of 2013.

The director of the Centre County chapter of AR, Erik Fetter, said, “In beginning there were not many great medications, or treatment options, and much of group’s work was based on helping people try to ‘live their life with it’. Nowadays, ‘we are able to offer lot of different services’ because people are living longer”.

Fetter added that the major thing done by them is case management. Fetter mentioned that they allow their clients to afford utilities, access medications and access several financial resources.

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