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Here's Hope and the AIDS Epidemic in the South
Date:8/25/2008

I was working in Miami, renting a room, and getting by alone. Then my body started breaking down. Because of my weak HIV-positive system, my diabetes and my hypertension kicked up and I couldn't work. I couldn't make rent, so I ended up homeless. The South Florida AIDS Network led me to Here's Hope and that's where it all turned around and I learned to live with the virus - Orville, 2008

MIAMI, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by The USA Salvation Army Southern Territory:

Located in Miami, a city with the highest rates of new AIDS diagnoses in the U.S. in 2006 (41.9 per 100,000 people), Here's Hope is a critical resource for people like Orville who have nowhere to turn. Many keep their HIV status a secret from friends and family for fear of being rejected. Most are dealing with other issues at the same time including drug addiction and/or poverty among others. So "learning to live with the virus" for Orville and others means much more than staying alive; it means talking freely about the fears that come with having HIV; tackling the other issues in their life with advice and counseling from Here's Hope staff; it means starting over.

In October 2008, The Salvation Army will hold the Southern Territorial Social Services Conference, titled Dance upon Injustice: Affirming Human Dignity and Worth, to discuss and address social justice issues including HIV/AIDS. Through this forum, volunteers, staff, and officers of The Salvation Army will gather together to learn about community needs in the South and discuss strategies for The Salvation Army to address them as the largest provider of social services in the U.S. aside from the government. Here's Hope will be highlighted as an HIV/AIDS program that is serving those most in need.

Through Here's Hope, The Salvation Army provides transitional housing, meals, case management, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous support groups, individual drug and alc
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