American Red Cross agencies across Iowa will be passing out literature, red ribbons and even condoms at various locations today. This is World AIDS Day which is designed to raise awareness about how people are infected — and affected — by the disease.Sharon Miller is the H-I-V/AIDS education coordinator for the Central Iowa chapter of the Red Cross. She says the red ribbons will be handed out by her chapter today — ribbons which signify the hope for a cure and unity.Miller says some people have brushed AIDS off as no longer being a “death sentence,” as new medications can prolong H-I-V from becoming the fatal counterpart. She says that attitude has to change as AIDS is still very much a killer, even in a rural state like Iowa.She says 654 Iowans have died of AIDS and more than 12-hundred are currently infected. Last year, 87 new AIDS cases were diagnosed in Iowa and 55 were reported in the first half of 2000.
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