Rhode Island Officials Recognizes World AIDS Day

Dec 3, 2013

Rhode Island observed World AIDS Day Monday.  This year’s theme is “get to zero.”

Twenty-seven year old Anthony Maselli has been living with HIV for a little over a year.  After much deliberation, he decided to go public with his disease and says he has not suffered any repercussions because of it.  That’s not to say, however, that it’s an easy disease to live with.

"It’s very stressful sometimes and emotional for me. It took a while for me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m HIV positive’ without completely breaking down," said  Maselli.

AIDS has killed nearly 1600 Rhode Islanders in the last 30 years. About 22-hundred people are living with HIV/AIDS and an additional 400 people are infected with HIV but don’t know it.

Activists are committing themselves to a goal of zero new infections in five years.

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