The fight against AIDS has come a long way but still has a long way to go. Keynoting the 22nd HIV-AIDS conference of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Black AIDS Institute founder and president Phil Wilson says the problem is an information deficit. Research indicates people are still not informed about the illness, to a proportion that had Wilson – a Chicago native educated in Bloomington – joking, “At Wesleyan, you would have been kicked out!”
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He says fighting the illness takes a combination of biomedical intervention and behavioral intervention. A 33-year AIDS patient, Wilson took out his pill bottle to represent the former and said he actually had to ingest the drugs for them to work – representing the latter.