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HIV in Mississippi

Air date 05/05/14
Host: Dr. Rick deShazo, Melissa Faith Payne

Did you know that Mississippi ranks 7th nationwide in HIV infections?

In this special edition of Southern Remedy, Dr. Rick deShazo and co-host Melissa Faith Payne take an in-depth look at HIV/AIDS in Mississippi. Hear the stories of those that are living with the disease, examine the stigma that is attached to it, and learn about community groups around the state that are trying to tackle this public health crisis.

 

 

From Human Rights Watch:

From the Mississippi Center for Justice:

From the Mississippi Department of Corrections:

From the Mississippi Department of Health:

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Rep. John Hines of District 50 in the Mississippi Delta introduced legislation for prisoners to be tested for HIV before reentry into the community. 

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What can a physician do to be prepared to treat patients with HIV? What questions do they need to ask? Leandro Mena, M.D., Medical Director, Open Arms clinic and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center speaks on how physicians can help break down barriers.

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What factors make it difficult for certain individuals to get treatment for HIV and other medical issues? Deja Abdul-Haqq, Project Director, Open Arms Clinic, addresses how they are removing health care barriers.

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