NPR: Navajo Nation combats an increase in HIV/AIDS cases
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
"MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now, we go behind closed doors, as we often do on Mondays. That's where we talk about issues people usually keep private. HIV/AIDS is still that kind of topic for many people, perhaps especially, according to our next guests, for members of the Navajo Nation.
Members of the Nation live on the country's largest Indian reservation, located at the crossroads of several Southwestern states. Health professionals there have been seeing a steady rise in new HIV cases among the Navajo over the last decade. The Gallup Indian Medical Center has reported that the number of new HIV patients has more than doubled in the last 10 years. That's while infection rates have stabilized across the rest of the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We wanted to talk more about this, so we've called upon Melvin Harrison, founding executive director of the Navajo AIDS Network. We also have with us Dr. Jonathan Iralu, an infectious disease consultant who works at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. And they're both with us from member station KANW in Albuquerque, New Mexico."
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