On May 10, a panel of federal advisers gave the green light to market the first drug shown to prevent HIV infection and five days later, approval was granted for the first over-the-counter HIV test.
And last Sunday, 45,000 New Yorkers helped raise over $6 million to help in more research.
Among the activists and walkers were Keri Hilson and Wendy Williams.
They told the press that despite the tremendous progress made, there is much more to do, particularly among African Americans.
“We’ve had an impact regarding awareness, but not enough of an impact,” Williams said. “Any average 17-year-old right now is not even threatened by AIDS. The big bubble of fear is trapped within a particular age group, and I don’t believe that it exists with high school kids and even some college kids,” she said.
A native of Atlanta, Hilson is saddened that her hometown is the sixth hardest hit city in the U.S.
“I’m born and raised in Atlanta and I’m just learning this — today, as a matter of fact,” she said. “There’s no way that we should be there and not know that and not have bigger support for those that are infected and affected.”
The singer mentioned that there’s still a huge misconception that the disease only affects certain people and that there’s a shame that keeps people from getting tested.
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