AIDS patient Woodrow “Woody” Barron, 69, from Plainfield, New Jersey, poses with his certified nursing assistant Halema in May at the Broadway House for Continuing Care. Barron contracted AIDS in 1986 and started living at the facility, New Jersey’s only specialized nursing facility for people living with HIV/AIDS, in 1997.
Barron was infected with the virus after sharing a needle with a fellow drug user. When asked what advice he would give young African Americans who continue to be so hard hit by HIV/AIDS, he said that youth need to “find a better way to live their life” and “not to be afraid of seeking help, getting tested for HIV, and educating themselves about HIV to protect themselves...otherwise HIV will just keep killing us.”
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