Food For Thought, Sonoma County's AIDS Food Bank, is still struggling to compensate for losing all their federal funding last year, even as the needs of their clients are growing. But at least new HIV/AIDS diagnoses are not.
December 1, 2011, is the 14th annual World AIDS Day, and the 10th year that Dining Out For Life has been happening on the same date, which is always the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. You can find the full list of participating restaurants in Sonoma County here, and make reservations, too. Food For Thought's Ron Karp says the event enjoys remarkable support in Sonoma County.
But Dr. Mark Nethurda, Deputy Public Health Officer for Sonoma County, remains concerned that the incidence of new cases of AIDS/HIV locally remains consistent year after year.
As more effective treatments for HIV have been developed, it's possible that some people's attitudes toward the disease may have become more relaxed. Dr. Nethurda says that's a serious mistake.