On Dec. 1, about 50 people gathered at Portland's First Parish Chuch in recognit
On Dec. 1, about 50 people gathered at Portland's First Parish Chuch in recognition of World AIDS Day Portland. Those speaking at the event included Frannie Peabody, 96, who helped found the AIDS Project and the Peabody House, an AIDS hospice center, after her grandson died of AIDS in 1984. According to Diane Ober of Portland's department of public health, more than 15 million people have died from AIDS and 33.2 million are infected with HIV. This year there will be 2.6 million deaths, more than ever. The Maine Bureau of Health (MBH) has reported more than 897 AIDS cases since the virus was identified in 1982, and 472 of those people have died. MBH reported 28 new cases of AIDS diagnosed in Maine last year. But philanthropic support for AIDS programs is declining. From 1996 to 1997, nationwide funding for AIDS prevention efforts dropped from $37 million to $30 million.
Giampetruzzi, Tony, "On Dec. 1, about 50 people gathered at Portland's First Parish Chuch in recognit" (1999). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 51.
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