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State Urges AIDS Testing

July 17, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

"Get tested now". That's the message to risk groups from the director of AIDS prevention for the MIssouri Department of Health. Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City.

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New drugs that slow the growth of HIV within the body can add years to an AIDS patient's life, but Dr. Robert Hamm, from the Missouri Health Department expesses concern that some might interpret the new hope as an excuse to be reckless, or to put off getting tested.

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Contents: Hamm says while there is a lot of increased optimism, still there's no cure.

Hamm says the new treatments can go a long way towards making AIDS manageable, but only if the virus is detected early and the new treatments are begun immediately.

From Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.