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11/27/2012 6:00:00 AM
Grants help those with HIV/AIDS
MOHAVE COUNTY/Courtesy
Mohave County Community Services and Department of Public Health staff members gather to discuss the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) voucher program recently in Kingman. Pictured are, from left, Mohave County Ryan White Case Manager Marlo Kunze, Housing Specialist Senior Danya Herd, Nursing Services Manager Christine Bronston, Housing and Community Revitalization Manager Dave Wolf and Public Health Eligibility Specialist Antoinette Flores.
MOHAVE COUNTY/Courtesy
Mohave County Community Services and Department of Public Health staff members gather to discuss the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) voucher program recently in Kingman. Pictured are, from left, Mohave County Ryan White Case Manager Marlo Kunze, Housing Specialist Senior Danya Herd, Nursing Services Manager Christine Bronston, Housing and Community Revitalization Manager Dave Wolf and Public Health Eligibility Specialist Antoinette Flores.

Mohave County is in its sixth year of grant-funded housing and medical help to people with HIV or AIDS.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds the program for Mohave County through a voucher program, said Housing and Community Revitalization Manager Dave Wolf.

"Since the county started overseeing the HOPWA program in 2007, we have received a total of $384,998," he said.

During that same time period, the Mohave County Department of Public Health has received $123,741 from the Ryan White Program. The program started in 2007 with 15 familes, and since then has helped 160 people and 87 families.

Christine Bronston, the health department's nursing services manager, said the goal of the Ryan White Program is to help patients make sure they are on medications and are seeing providers.

"That is easier said than done," she said. "Patients who do not have a home, food and the basic necessities will not be worried about their medication or next doctor's visit."

Mohave County Ryan White Case Manager Marlo Kunze said many people don't know how much progress had been made.

"As long as someone doesn't stick his or her head in the sand and ignore it.... As long as you take your medication, you can live a healthy life," he said. "We have people in their 80s with HIV. And you'd never know it by looking at them."

For more information on HIV/AIDS, testing or the Ryan White Program, contact Kunze at (928) 753-0714, extension 4282. For more information on the county's voucher programs, call Wolf at (928) 753-0723, extension 4395.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Article comment by: hey... what the heck!

I'm wondering with all of the ado about grants for AIDS, cancer and MS patients.... why doesn't this godforsaken STATE have some benefits for unemployed people about to lose their benefits.
Unless you have kids you have no benefits!
Unless you are employed with kids you have no benefits.
Me, I'm unemployed and been looking for a job for over a year and haven't been able to find employment!
You may say.... if you want a job ... you can find one... well, I challenge you to go out there and look because... THERE IS NOTHING!
I've tried the HUD and they said... no resources for me... it was also humiliating experience because the woman behind the glass said "well alot of people are homeless" when I asked what I was supposed to do, wind up homeless for the first time in my life? No sympathy whatsoever!
I was directed to call AZ 211... another joke! they referred me to an agency in Prescott that assists AIDS patients.
There are no resources for me! PERIOD!
I sympathize with AIDS patients but they get more benefits than I do and I'm wondering why I'm not as important as they are.
All I want is a JOB!


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@D .

"AID's affects 51% of Mohave County's population."

Did I miss that great AID's plague that gays swore long ago was going to sweep over the hetrosexual community? LOL.

It will be fun to see you try and back up your 51% claim.


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

hahahaha D!
51% of mohave county are affected by aids? so of the four previous comment, two of those posters has aids?? every other person i see here has aids? come on, if youre gonna make up a statistic, at least make it believable


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ D.
Do you have a source to back up YOUR stats?

According to the prior post...not even close to your numbers. I doubt it's increased THAT much in 3 yrs.


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: D .

Because they DO have programs that benefit CANCER or MUTLIPLE SCLEROSIS and other debilitating diseases. HIV should be the focus in this area as so many people are affected by it without a resource of information or education on the subject and you seemingly are the poster child of the ostrich head in the sand. AIDS affects over 51% of Mohave County's population, got a stat to beat that amongst your other sufferers?

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: Mohave County HIV/AIDS stats .

http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/hiv/reporting/2011report.htm

Statistics of HIV/AIDS in Mohave County reported in 2009.
(102 people) 74-males 28-females


Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Article comment by: R .

Why don't they have a program that helps people with CANCER or MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS or other debilitating diseases?! Aren't those people suffering too, as much if not worse? Why is HIV always the focus?



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