Staff members from the AIDS Leadership Foothills-area Alliance (ALFA), a Hickory-based non-profit, serving nine northwestern North Carolina counties, are now addressing HIV/AIDS concerns and offering testing in Wilkes.Read the full article
At the end of 2010, 42 people in Wilkes were living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to ALFA Executive Director Rodney Tucker. Those numbers are based on the ALFA client base.
According to the Wilkes County Health Department and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the number of current Wilkes residents who have been diagnosed with HIV is 38. Wilkes ranks 84th among 100 counties for the number of cases reported. State officials note that “fluctuations in the number of disease reports per year may be influenced by reporting issues.