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Web Exclusive: Kristen Ries says the fight against HIV/AIDS isn't over

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Web Exclusive: Kristen Ries says the fight against HIV/AIDS isn't over (Photo provided by Kristen Ries)

(KUTV) Kristen Ries has seen Utah come a long way since the HIV/AIDS epidemic began in the 1980s. But there are still people who are underserved who don't get the care they need.

We have more knowledge about the disease now, and there seems to be less of a stigma surrounding it.

"There's no question things are so much better than they were before," Ries said. "I've talked to friends that I've known now for 30 years with the disease and there's less stigma, but it's still there."

Her message to people about HIV/AIDS was that the fight isn't over.

"I think most of the people, even in Salt Lake, think it's over," she said. "You don't realize there's a lot of new youth and unassuming people that are getting HIV now. That shouldn't be. We should be doing better."

Ries says there are resources and medicines out there to prevent HIV.

"Most of it could be prevented and still people are so afraid of the biases," she said.

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