An advertising campaign will be used to try and encourage more people to get tested for H-I-V and other sexually transmitted diseases. The Wyoming Department of Health’s KnoWyo campaign is used to encourage sexually active people to get tested for S-T-D’s. Spokeswoman Kim Deti says the program has been effective.
“A lot of people who are infected may not realize that they are and the risk there is spreading it to other people. And of course with public health in mind that’s something we want to prevent, we want to prevent the spread of those diseases.”
In recent years, the number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in American rose more among Native Americans than any other ethnic population .
Native Americans make up one percent of the caseloads nationally, but in Wyoming, they make up four times the national average.
Robert Foley is President of the National Native American Aids Prevention Center. He worries that dealing with the epidemic in states like Wyoming where the general population is small, could be a huge obstacle in the future.
The Wyoming Senate has voted to add $500-thousand dollars to continue to fund a program that provides drugs for those with HIV and AIDS. The money was restored by the House, but voted down by the Senate. However, Monday the Senate reconsidered the funding. Senator Charles Scott says without it those with HIV and AIDS might have trouble getting the necessary drugs.