This World AIDS Day, NRHA looks back at 30 years of HIV/AIDS and ahead at how 4 rural programs are reducing stigma

NRHA’s Rural Roads magazine asked rural providers, educators and researchers how treatment, prevention and perception of the disease have changed over three decades. “Men and women are now infected, and it’s become more of a disease of color, affecting more blacks and Latinos,” says NRHA member Pamela Payne-Foster, MD. “And cities over 500,000 get most of the prevention dollars, but more attention needs to be paid to the rural South. Stats show the epidemic is spreading in the rural South in particular.” According to the CDC, 56,000 people are newly infected with HIV each year in the United States. Click here to discover how four programs work to establish effective prevention, provide treatment, and reduce stigma in rural communities.