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Web Exclusive: Kristen Ries on her personal treatment of patients

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Web Exclusive: Kristen Ries on her personal treatment of patients (Photo provided by Kristen Ries & Maggie Snyder)

(KUTV) Dr. Kristen Ries and her partner, PA Maggie Snyder, saved many lives during the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

They would care for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, if needed. They visited patients in their homes and offered support to their family members and partners.

"The partners--I don't think anybody knows what they went through," described Ries. "They were ostracized as well. This social bias that we have is terrible."

One patient Ries remembers was named Sheldon. He was the first one to go public about his disease, and made TV appearances.

"He was all alone for the most part," said Ries. "His partner worked and so we would take turns during our lunch hour and go make sure he had food and water and everything. Because nobody would go near them [HIV patients]."

Person 2 Person interview

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