CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateARIZONA: Mayor Rothschild Joins AIDS Awareness Campaign
By Darren DaRonco
November 26, 2013
Arizona Daily Star (11.25.2013)
The Arizona Daily Star reported that staff members at Arizona’s Tucson City Hall installed an 8-by-16-foot red ribbon banner from the 10th floor to bring attention to HIV/AIDS in honor of World AIDS Day. The unveiling of the banner, attended by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (D-Tucson) and representatives from the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) and Walgreens, is part of a statewide campaign to encourage people to get tested. Rothschild believes education will help lower HIV transmission rates. “Learn about HIV. Get the facts and tell your kids about HIV, because this epidemic is still with us,” he said. Better HIV treatments have allowed people with HIV to lead healthier, longer lives, which has spurred some into complacency. “There’s a lot of people who think the disease has gone away and others who think it’s a manageable disease and we don’t have to worry about it anymore,” said Ethan Cox, director of development for SAAF. “But for organizations like [the AIDS Foundation], that means we’re spending a lot more money and time caring for people who are living with HIV and AIDS rather than people who are dying of HIV and AIDS,” Cox said. Banners will hang from government buildings in 20 additional Arizona cities as well as every Walgreens in the state.