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4Youngeducatedoncethepictureoperecthealththex1rstwhoellvictimtooneothemostlethalplaguesinhumanhistorystoodoutwhentheybeganarrivingatclinicsandERsintheearly1980s.Themenx13typicallywhitegayintheir20sand30sx13weresickandwasting.Theysueredromacascadeostrangeailments.Whiteunguschokedtheirthroatsandlungs.Cancerousboilseruptedontheiracesandtorsos.Parasiticinectionsswelledtheirbrainscorrodingonce-brightmindswithdementiathatrightenedamilyandriends.SoonsimilarcaseswereemergingamongothergroupsinBrowardCountyandaroundthenationinjection-drugusershemophiliacsaswellasmenwomenandchildrenwithseeminglynootherconnectiontohigh-riskgroups.Asthediseasespreadsodidtheear.Manydiedinagonyabandonedandalone.Thedoctorsandnursesbraveenoughtotreatthemx13thereweremanywhowerenotinthoseearlydaysx13hadneithertheknowledgenortoolstox1ghtsomethingthatwasswitinsidiousandnearlyalwaysatal.Allmostcoulddowasdispensesleepingpillspainkillersandkindness.Overthelastthreedecades594500peoplehavediedasaresultoAIDSintheUnitedStates.Another1.2millionstilllivingareinectedwithHIVthevirusthatcausesAIDSaccordingtotheCentersorDiseaseControlandPreventionCDC.Thatnumbergrowsevery9minutesassomeonenewisinected.BrowardCountywasontherontlineotheHIVAIDSepidemic.Locatedatatropicalcrossroadsordiversecommunitiesgaymenandotherminoritieswereamongthex1rsthithardbythevirus.Browardconsistentlyhasrankedx1rstorsecondinthenationorthenumberonewHIVAIDScasespercapita.Thecountyhasalsobeenattheorerontotheglobalstruggleorcivilrightsandaccesstohealthcareorthevictimsothedisease.EarlyontheCommunityFoundationoBrowardplayedanimportantroleinthatstruggle.AspatientsoverwhelmedlocalhospitalsandclinicstheCommunityFoundationprovidedgrantstonewnonprox1tgroupsrapidlybeingormedtodealwithamyriadoissuesemergingromthepandemic.Thesewereinnovativeorganizationsledbybraveindividualsx13otenvictimsothediseasethemselvesx13whoormedoodbankssheltersandpreventionprogramstohelpapopulationthatwashorriblyisolatedandstigmatizedinthex1rstyearsoHIVAIDS.FoundationgrantsnurturedyoungagenciesandensuredthesustainabilityomanyfedglingprogramssuchastheMinorityDevelopmentEmpowermentInc.anorganizationthataddressesandrespondstotheneedsotheCaribbeanpopulationinBroward.19811982-19831984-1985FIrStx1faseox1eAIDSdiagnosedinBrowardCounty.TheCDCx1eormallyestablishesthetermx1cAcquiredImmuneDefciencySyndromeAIDSx1d.100tHx1faseox1eAIDSdiagnosedinBrowardCounty.TheU.S.PublicHealthServiceissuesrecommendationsx1eorpreventingHIVtransmissionthroughsexualcontactneedlesharingandbloodtransx1eusions.TheU.S.Centerx1eorDiseaseControlandPreventionCDCreportsthefrstcasesox1eKaposix19sSarcomainotherwisehealthygaymen.1982InhebeginningVictoriaandhergrandmotherHellenaDunlapwalkingx1eromthecarax1eteravisittothehospitalx1eorbloodwork.Weighing52poundsVickyx19sweighthasbeenslightlybetterthanthe47poundsx1eromax1eewweeksago.BwadHIVAIDSx1faseVIctorIAWArDMAY2006AlmostonequarterofallBrowardresidentslivingwithHIVAIDSreportanunmetneedforfoodvouchersand47reportnotknowingwheretogoforhelporhavingtherightpaperworktoreceiveit.3BrowardCountyNationallyCommunityFoundationox1eBroward