Arkansas Task Force To Study HIV/AIDS

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ArkansasGov. Mike Beebe (R) recently created a 19-member task force to examine HIV/AIDSamong the state's minority populations, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazettereports. The Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Task Force, which was formed by Act 842of 2007, will study ways to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment amongblacks, Hispanics and other minorities in the state.

The task force will hold a series of meetings in the state's four congressionaldistricts to hear public comment on the issue, as well as to discuss HIV/AIDSincidence among minorities and the efficacy of current programs. The committeewill be responsible for submitting a report of its findings and recommendationsto Beebe, leadership in the state House and Senate, and Arkansas' Department of Health by Nov. 1. Task force members willserve on a volunteer basis. Six members will serve for two years, six memberswill serve for three years, and seven members will serve seven-year terms, the Democrat-Gazettereports (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/22).

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