With an estimated 18 percent of HIV-positive Native Americans and Alaska Natives unaware of their status, Indian Health Service is among the agencies specifically tasked with helping stop the virus’ transmission.
At first glance, the numbers are somewhat startling: In the last three years, diagnoses of hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS among Citizen Potawatomi Nation clinic patients have increased. In 2015, nine tested positive for hepatitis C. Two tested positive for HIV, and none received a new AIDS diagnosis. Two years later, 15 learned they had Read More »
The stigma’s diminishing, but Lisa Toahty still sees it some. A public health prevention specialist with Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, Toahty is a frequent sight at area health fairs, armed with pamphlets and information about sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS. Depending on the location, just putting out information on the latter still elicits Read More »