New House Bill Supports Thousands Of Louisiana Residents Battling HIV/AIDS

Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, left, said at a hearing Wednesday that the state's high rate of HIV destroys families, homes, communities.
Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, left, said at a hearing Wednesday that the state’s high rate of HIV destroys families, homes, communities.
(Tryfon Boukouvidis / LSU Manship School News Service)

 Tryfon Boukouvidis

A House committee voted Wednesday to reconstitute a commission that is trying to slow the spread of HIV, which affects nearly 22,000 Louisiana residents. Overall, Louisiana had the second highest rate in the nation of AIDS cases per 100,000 people, after the District of Columbia, and the third highest rate of HIV infections, after the District of Columbia and Georgia.

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