SOS HIV: action sought for peak cases in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Dozens of volunteers in West Virginia formed the HIV SOS letters, as campaigners sought a public health emergency declaration for one of the nation’s highest peaks in such cases.
Volunteers in red T-shirts spelled out the letters Saturday in Charleston.
Solutions Oriented Addiction Response co-founder Joe Solomon called on Charleston City Council and the mayor to act on the HIV crisis and prescription painkiller overdoses. He said he needs to be treated like the emergency that it is.
Federal health officials have called the recent spike in HIV cases linked to intravenous drug use in the surrounding county of greater concern in the United States.