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Rates of persons living with HIV 2014
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Florida cities lead the nation in new HIV diagnoses


When Arianna Lint, was diagnosed with HIV in 2006 at the Orlando health department, she didn’t know much about the virus, but thought it was punishment for being a transgender woman. Now she helps other HIV-positive transgender women of color like herself overcome stigmas and stay healthy, sometimes picking up their medications at the pharmacy because they don’t want to be misgendered or helping people get hormone treatments along with their HIV medicines. She and other advocates want Florida to do more when it comes to the HIV crisis ravaging the state. Although HIV rates have plummeted nationwide, Florida had the second-highest rate of new HIV diagnoses among adults and adolescents in 2015, according to federal data. Unlike the focus …
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