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Health department starts HIV support group

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health will offer an educational group for people living with HIV and their loved ones.

Monthly meetings start this month at McHenry County College. Dates and times initially will be tailored to meet attendees’ needs.

Topics will include maintaining your health, HIV medications, legal rights, decreasing transmission and risk for co-infection with tuberculosis and other diseases.

Refreshments will be served. Those interested should contact Christina Hayes at 815-334-4500 for information.

According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.2 million Americans are infected with HIV. 

One in five is unaware of their infection, with about 50,000 becoming newly infected every year. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports there are 123 people in McHenry County living with HIV, 72 of which have advanced to AIDS.

For information, visit http://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics or call the health department at 815-334-4500.

– Northwest Herald

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