September 8, 2017
Written by Lauren McCoy
This article originally appeared in BeProud.com.
For Ronnie Bluford, the topic of HIV/AIDS is not just an issue. It is his life.
“I’ve been living with it for 35 years. I was diagnosed in 1982, and as I said, I didn’t start treatment until 2002,” explained Bluford.
Bluford is one of thousands of people in the Baton Rouge Area living with HIV or AIDS and rely heavily on affordable treatment.
“I’ve been with Family Services, and I’ve utilized the different programs that have enhanced my life,” said Bluford.
Bluford along with several HIV/AIDS advocates and healthcare providers came together to rally behind East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.
“We want the community to know what we are doing as it relates to HIV and AIDS, what our providers are doing and our continued plan to elaborate and work together to reduce HIV and AIDS in the Baton Rouge community,” said Broome.