December 28, 2016 - 4:25pm
With the nation’s highest concentration of poverty among blacks, Syracuse is adopting community-oriented tactics to ending the epidemic.

Always demand a certain level of treatment. That’s what Joshua King told himself as he grew up with a single mother in the suburb of De Witt just outside of Syracuse-- “the land of opportunity,” as he calls it.

As a young black man in a city that is 84 percent white, he knew that barriers prevented him from achieving the same level of success as his peers. As a young gay black man, he knew those barriers were even greater.

June 2, 2011 - 11:07pm
This year marks 30 years since the first official documentation of AIDS in the United States. People living with HIV or AIDS or involved with the cause in Syracuse share their thoughts on what has become of this disease nowadays.

Less activism, less media coverage, and AIDS patients looking healthy. Everything seems to indicate that AIDS is a disease of the past or belonging to a third-world country.

“People have become complacent. Now, the general consensus is that I’ll just take a pill and I’ll be fine,” said Joe Carpenter, who has been living with HIV for the last 28 years.

October 21, 2009 - 10:39pm
Health educator Scott Fried delivers a frank talk on sexual relationships and protecting yourself from HIV/AIDS.

“I need you all to stay awake. If you fall asleep you’ll really miss out on something great.”

Perched on the edge of the Goldstein Auditorium stage Wednesday night, Scott Fried began his talk to 250 Syracuse University students with that opening line. 

Fried was infected with HIV in 1987. The national public speaker and health educator has made it his mission for the past 18 years to help others protect themselves from the disease. 

April 23, 2009 - 2:18pm
Syracuse University hosts a showcase to help bring awareness about the spread of HIV/AIDS in the black community.

There are nearly 250,000 people in the United States who unknowingly have HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  And in the black community, those numbers are even higher.  The CDC estimates that in 2005, African-Americans accounted for nearly half of the new HIV/AIDS diagnoses within the 33 states that have had long-term HIV reporting.