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Himes Tours Norwalk HIV Prevention Site

Says more people should get tested, pledges support

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Norwalk, CT | Added on August 13, 2013 At 05:41 PM

Congressman Jim Himes says more people can benefit from work being done at one health center in Norwalk.

Tuesday Himes toured World Health Clinicians on West Avenue.  World Health works to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases.

"Hopefully we can get people to come in and get tested and get treated," says Scott Gretz, executive director of CIRCLE CARE Center, part of World Health Clinicians.

World Health Clinicians also brings in people from across the country to run clinical trials.  Himes toured the facilities because, he says, he wants to help spread the message on HIV.

"It's critical in making people's lives a lot better," he said of HIV treatment.

World Health says Himes will be photographed as part of its upcoming national campaign, dubbed "HIV Equal." 

"All of us are equal when it comes to HIV -- no one is good or bad," Gretz says.  "The mission is to reduce stigma of getting tested and the stigma of having HIV."

"There's an awful lot of people out there that don't know their status," Himes said.  "If they don't know their status, they can't get the treatment they need to stay healthy."

"[Himes] can help us in Washington and he can help us on the local level," Gretz said.

To learn more about World Health Clinicians, visit worldhealthclinicians.org.


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