AIDS Alabama

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An AIDS-fighting charity is providing almost $750,000 to help combat the disease in central Alabama.

AIDS United awarded the grant to a new joint effort between the University of Alabama at Birmingham's 1917 Clinic and Birmingham AIDS Outreach.

The money will fund Birmingham Access to Care, a three-year program that's the first of its kind in Alabama.

The program will identify people living with HIV or AIDS who are no longer receiving the care they need and try to get them back into the system.

http://www.doc.state.al.us/ / Alabama Department of Corrections

Here in Alabama, prisoners with HIV are segregated from the rest of the prison population. This makes Alabama just one of two states that still does this. Prison officials say it’s for the safety of the inmates, but some prisoners say it’s unfair and a violation of privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state on behalf of prisoners to end the segregation. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez spoke with the man at the center of the issue... 

AIDS 2012

More than 25,000 people are gathering in Washington, D.C. this week for the 19thAnnual International AIDS Conference. It’s the first time in more than 20 years that the U.S. will host the conference.

“The reason that the U.S. could not have the conference is because we had a ban on allowing people who are HIV-positive into the United States,” says Kathie Hiers, CEO of AIDS Alabama. “And we were one of the few countries that had that ban.”