Scientists discovered the virus that causes AIDS more than 30 years ago. How are Native communities addressing HIV and AIDS today? Join us as we talk about how this disease is affecting Native America. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 20 percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives who are infected with HIV didn’t know they have the disease. How are health officials and advocates reaching out to individuals who are at risk of becoming infected? What about those who may already have HIV? What can be done to stop the spread of this disease?
Dr. Pamela Jumper-Thurman (Western Cherokee) – affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University in the ethnic studies department
Tommy Chesbro (Cherokee/Lumbee) -Chesbro Consulting and an HIV/AIDS activist
Alexander White Tail Feather (Kashia Band of Pomo Indians) -Executive Director, National Native AIDS Prevention Center
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