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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 7, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina mmm Monday February 7,2011 Vol. 145, No. 38 Yo u r L o e íi 1 S o u i* c e S i n c e 1 8 6 7 vAAAAAí.aikenstandard.com SS Tod^Weafiier High 51® Low« 32^ Full forecast 18C Surveillance cameras may pop up downtown staff photo by Amy Banton Susie Loker, a Packers fan, and Heidi Sklizovic, a Steelers fan, temporarily put their differences aside on Sunday. T,opq1C chnw A-iVFV't^AkJ urmrnvr T ▼ support for favorite team By AMY BANTON and HALEY HUGHES Staff writers Aiken was definitely ready for some football Sunday night. Green Bay Packer and Pittsburgh Steeler fans alike gathered in local sports bars to watch Super Bowl XLV. Downtown Aiken was more lively than it usually is on Sunday night. For Playoffs, a new sports bar and grill on the comer of Richland Avenue and Newberry Street, Sunday was its grand openihg. Playoffs bartender Dawn-marie Haines was cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and she wanted a win for an even more special reason. "I've very excited; it's my birthday," she said. Allison Crawh, a Steelers fan, was also at Playoffs to enjoy the big game, but she only planned to stay until halflime. "I get a little-crazy," she said with a laugh, adding that she'd rather express that enthusiasm in the comforts of her own home rather than in public. At Davor's, there was a bit of friendly rivahy going on. Tell US what you tfynk > What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial? ► Write to Opinions, Aiken Standard, Box 456, Aiken, S.C. 29802 or e-mail editorial© aikenstandard.com Deemed "Steelers Country," Susie Loker, a friend of bar owner Heidi Sklizovic, teas-ingly put a Packers flag outside Davor's. She then set up a table decked out in Packer decor that stood out among the black and yellow the bar was decked out in. "Heidi and 1 are good friends, and I figured I'd come to Davor's to rub her nose in the Packers' win," Loker said. John Lopez, a die-hard Steelers fan who is originally from Pittsburgh, was also at Davor's enjoying the game. He said he didn't mind that Packer fans were in his territory because it made the atmosphere a little more fun. Proudly wearing a Steelers Please see FOOTBALL, page 5A The City of Aiken may obtain more of a bird's-eye view of the downtown area in the future. Aiken Public Safety suggested placing surveillance caiiicias mouiid duvviilOWii streets last week during the Horizons retreat, and City Council members have made it a short-term goal to study the costs and new technology available. So why does Public Safety want surveillance in downtown Aiken? Public Safety Director Pete Frommer saiu surveillance cameras are a resourceful tool for police to utilize. Cameras that are already installed in various businesses or city facilities have helped police crack cases and make arrests, and, sometimes, those images "We're solving \ crimes by what : we're getting from : cameras. " \ Pete Frommer^ : Public Safety \ director \ appear in the newspaper or on television, prompting people to call in leads, Frommer said. "We're solving crimes by what we're getting from cameras," he said. Aiken Public Safety has no surveillance cameras on the streets, but there are several in its own facilities and in the City Municipal Building, according to Frommer. Frommer said the reason behind bringing up the possibility for cameras in" the Please see CAMERAS, page 5A Get tested for HIV, lessen stigma ¿tesáMís aa(ïteiH3Sa Giroíyn McChesney Black Beheler, Lexington Deaths and Funerals 16A USCA's fall president^ dean's lists named 14A torn Brady unanimously named NFL MVP 14B By ANNA DOLIANITIS Staff writer Editor's note: To preserve the privacy of the person interviewed, a random letter was selected for his name. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, observed today, is an opportunity to recognize the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in African-Americans, who make up 13 percent of the United States population but account for hdf of the more than 1 million HIV/ AIDS cases nationwide. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which infects cells of the immune system and destroys or impairs Üieir function, is most comnionly transmitted through sex or sharing needles or syringes with someone infected with the virus. As the infection progresses, the immune system becomes weaker, making it increasingly difficult for the infected person to fight off infections. The most advanced stage of HIV is acquired immunodefi ciency syndrome (AIDS). In South Carolina, there are almost 24,000 known cases of HIV/AIDS. Of these, approximately 17,000 cases are in African-Americans, according to the Department of Health and Human Services' STD/ HIV Division Surveillance Report. The disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on the black community could potentially be attributed to several factors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. African-Americans experience higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases than any other racial or ethnic group, which is associated with an increased chance of contracting HFV. Socioeconomic status issues associated with poverty including limited access to quality health care, housing and HiV prevention education are also a factor, as well as a lack of awareness in the community - an issue that may also be at play in the Aiken area. Barbara Hightower, client service specialist with Hope-Health of Lower Savannah, said that the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and the lack of knowledge play a significant role in the rates of infection. Many times, Hightower said, the employees at Hope-Health, a nonprofit organization that gives medical care, counseling, fmancial assistance and education outreach for HIV/AIDS-infected individuals in Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell counties, are the only ones who know the HIV status of their clients. Because many infected with HIV fear the reaction of their family and friends, they opt to avoid learning their status, rather than seeking medical care. "If you don't know you have a disease that you can expose others to, then your risk of exposing others is greater," said Hightower. In the three-county region that the Lower Savannah branch of HopeHealth serves, there are 335 known cases of HIV and 530 known cases of AIDS, according to the DHEC report. In Aiken County alone, there are 248 known cases of HIV and 336 known cases of AIDS. "No one is exempt from the disease," said Regional Director Christine Gordon. "The face of ADDS has changed over the years, and everyone needs a test. Don't take it for granted that if you go to the . doctor for your annual physi-; cal that you're getting an HIV test. You have to ask for one." The rate of African-American women contracting the virus has increased in recent years, Hightower said, and Please see HIV, page 5A Calendar 3C 3C Classifieds 5B Crossword 5C Comics 4C Dear Abby 5C Horoscopes 5C Movie Listings 3C Nation/World 10A Obituaries 6A Opinions HA Puzzles 5C Sports . IB TV Listings 2C \ k Join US for a Valentines Cake Walk HarborChase of Aiken is proud to announce its first annual Valentines Càke Walk to benefit the SC Alzheimer's Association. Win a dozen roses delivered to your sweetheart or any one of our sweet prizes. The purchase of a $10.00 wine glass gets you in the walk and free refills. February 1from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. R.S.V.P. by February 803-369-6069. HarborChase Assisted living & Memory Care 1385 Silver Bluff Road Aiken, SC 803369-6069 HarborChase.com ALF#CRC-1318
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