photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer
For those who think AIDS is far removed from the Tri-State area, several groups are reminding people this week that the problem can, and does, hit home.
"AIDS is still here, and it's more visible now in the rural areas," said Thom Martin, who was diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in 1984.
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In Washington County, 110 AIDS cases have been reported since the Maryland AIDS Administration began keeping records in 1981.
Sixty-five cases have been reported in Franklin County, Pa., since 1980, according to the Pennsylvania Health Department.
Berkeley and Jefferson counties combined have had 110 reported cases since 1986, according to the West Virginia Bureau of Health.
Today is the 11th annual World AIDS Day.
The AIDS Network of the Tri-State is sponsoring a candlelight vigil tonight in front of McMurran Hall at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va.