Local clinic observes World AIDS day; remarks on the progress made against the disease

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POSTED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 5:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:18pm

A Baton Rouge clinic is doing their part to recognize World AIDS Day.

250 red balloons were let loose this morning near the LSU Mid-City Clinic; the red balloons are a symbol of the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

LSU Health sees some of the highest number of patients affected by AIDS and HIV in the entire country, but they saidthey're working to reduce that. The group said big strides have been made to stop the spread of the disease all over the world.

"This clinic - they have 1,400 patients that they care for and we've seen all the advances,” stated Earl K. Long CEO Roxane Townsend. “Whenever this clinic first opened, the most you could do is try to give patients some comfort, and now we have patients that are actually living so long because of the new therapy that they're treating the other diseases that they're getting like diabetes and heart disease."

Baton Rouge ranks second in the nation for the number of new AIDS cases this year, and it has the highest HIV case rate in the state.

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