Medford, Ore. — The first of December marks World AIDS Day, an annual recognition of the virus, and the millions of people who are living with HIV today. According to data from the Oregon Health Authority, diagnoses and deaths from HIV have dropped by more than 50% in the last decade.
Officials at Jackson County Health and Human services say while we’ve made significant progress there’s still room for improvement.
“Some people are kind of letting their guard down,” Medical Director, Dr. Jim Shames says, “(they’re) not using condoms as much as they should and so I think we have a lot of education to continue but the good news is that we are controlling, managing, HIV.”
A vigil to recognize World AIDS Day will be held Tuesday night at the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ on East Jackson Street. The memorial begins at 7 pm.
Executive Producer Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5 and 6. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.
She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.