Listen: HIV, Sarah Rodman And Santa Clara County discussed on KCBS Radio Overnight News
"South bay aimed at reducing the stigma around HIV and encouraging more people to get tested KCBS is my Cogan. So the goal is to get to zero cases by the zero new cases by the year, two thousand twenty three the estimate is there are thirty three hundred people living in Santa Clara county with HIV. Sarah Rodman is the HIV controller for the public health department. Most people with HIV won't have symptoms when they first have the infection. You can look and feel completely healthy. And that's why the only way to know is to get tested. Rodman says getting tested could be a lifesaver so HIV if untreated progresses to aids the end stage where somebody's immune system. Can't fight infections can't fight off cancers, and there's a risk of death. But with medication people can live completely healthy, very long lives. With HIV Juan Sanchez has been living with HIV for over seven years says there's an even greater stigma and he'll Latino community two out of five people living with HIV. So I think it's very important for my community to be able to be aware that being on treatment is important and taking care of yourselves,"