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World AIDS Day 2012: Destigmatizing AIDS in Appalachia

The treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS have come a long way in the 30 years since researchers first put a name to the obscure virus that left those infected with few options and virtually no hope for survival.

In the United States today, patients may have access to highly-effective drug regimens, coupled with ongoing prevention programs; however some challenges remain.  Healthcare professionals still face a difficult time getting sophisticated programs and treatments to underserved populations in rural areas. (more…)

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Hunting Safety Part 4: First Aid in the Field

This is the last in a four-part series exploring hunting safety.

The saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been more true than when talking about hunter safety. The more prepared you are for a hunt, the less likely you are to need first aid skills. That’s why I suggest hunting with competent individuals, knowing your gear, sending your itinerary to family and friends, bringing a map/compass, using pre-determined rendezvous points and packing a proper first aid kit. (more…)

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