Part II: HIV and the halls of power

October 13, 2008 

SC HIV/AIDS Council executive director Dr. Bambi Gaddist talks about the need for more funding during a staff meeting at her office.

C. ALUKA BERRY/CABERRY@THESTATE.COM — The State

The battle against HIV/AIDS is about people.

And money.

And government.

Aligning those three elements has been a mission for a dedicated group of South Carolinians, including:

  • Lynda Kettinger, a health department official who remembers the need to inform the public that you cannot get AIDS from a hug
  • Bambi Gaddist, an advocate who pushed and pressured lawmakers
  • Joe Neal, a state lawmaker moved to act by the impact of HIV/AIDS because of the death of a beloved cousin to the disease, and
  • John Courson, a Republican state senator who ran counter to some colleagues to support people with HIV/AIDS

Their stories form this second installment of a four-day series — “Witnesses to an Epidemic” — by staff writer Czerne M. Reid and photographer C. Aluka Berry.

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