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Updated: 12/06/2017 09:16:28AM

World AIDS Day

marked by Polk DOH

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Dr. Daniella Chiriboga from the Florida Department of Health in Polk County speaks at a World's AIDS Day event Friday. Behind her is Leroy Dukes, an administrator at the Department of Health.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Clear Health Alliance employees Armando Sanchez Aballi, manager of community relations, and Xiomara Rodrgurez-Rivera, with community relations, just before they put in place the red ribbon at World AIDS Day at the Department of Health in Bartow.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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BARTOW – While fight against AIDS, both with the disease itself and the perception, has come a long way in the 29 years since the first World AIDS Day, there is a still a way to go, said Dr. Daniella Chiriboga of the Department of Health in Polk County.

At Saturday’s event at the health department in Bartow, she told the people, “When I was with patients in the 1980s (who had AIDS) I told them they had three months to live. Now people’s life expectancy is 70 years,” she said.

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