Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - February 7, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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Susie Loker, a Packers fan, and Heidi Sklizovic, a Steeiers fan, temporarily put their differences aside on Sunday.
Locals show support for favorite team
By AMY BANTON and HALEY HUGHES
Aiken was definitely ready for some football Sunday night.
(keen Bay Packer and Pmsbwgh Steelcr tam alike gathered in local spurts bars to watch Super Bowl XLV.
Downtown Aiken w as more lively than it usually is on Sunday night. For Playoff, a new sports bar and grill on the comer of Richland Av enue and Newberry Street, Sunday was its grand opening.
Playoffs bartender Dawn-inane Haines was cheering for the (keen Bay Packers, and she warned a win for an even more special reason.
“I’ve very excited; it's ray birthday,” tile said.
Allison Crown, a Steeiers tan, was also at Playoffs to enjoy the big game, but she only planned to stay until halftime.
“I get a little crazy,” she said with a laugh, adding thai she’d rather express that enthusiasm in the comforts of her own home rather than rn public
At Davor’s, (hare was a Int of friendly rivalry going on.
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Deemed '‘Steeiers Country,” Susie Diker, a friend of bar owner I ieidi Skli/ovic, teasingly put a Packers flag outside Davor's. She then set up a table decked out in Packer decor that stood out among Ila; Mack and yellow the bar was decked out in.
"Heidi and I are good friends, and I figured I’d come to Davor’s lo mb her nose in the Packers’ win,” Loker said.
John Lope/, a die-hard Steeled fan who is originally from Pittsburgh, was also at Davor’s enjoying the game I Ie said he didn't mind that Packer faits were in his territory because it made Ila; atmosphere a little more tun.
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By AMY BANTON
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 cameras around downtown 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 sam 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
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appear in the newspaper or on television, prompting people to call in leads, Frommer said.
“We’re solv ing crimes by what we’re getting from cameras,” he said.
Aiken Public Safety has no surveillance cameras on the streets, hut there are sev eral 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
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Get tested for HIV, lessen stigma
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
Editor s note: To preserve the privacy of the person interviewed, a random letter wa s selected for his name
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, observ ed today, is an opportunity to recognize the prevalence of HIV/AIDS rn African-Americans, w ho make up 13 percent of the United Stales population but account for half of the more than I million HIV/ AIDS cases nationwide.
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which infects cells of the immune system and destroys or impairs their function, is most commonly transmitted (brough 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 tot 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 Aine an-Amene ans, according to the IXpartmenl of Health and Human Serv ices’ STD/ HIV Div ision Surveillance Report.
The disproportionate impact of H1V/A1DS on the black community could potentially be attnbuled to several factors, according to the Casters for Disease Control and Prevention.
African-Americans experience higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases than any other racial or ethnic group, which is associated w ith an increased chance of contracting HIV. 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 Hopc-1 leal th of Lower Savannah, said thai the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and the lack of know ledge 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, financial assistance and education outreach few HlV/AlDS-infected mdi-v iduals in Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell counties, are the only ones who know the HIV status of their clients. Because many infected with HJV tear the reaction of their family and friends, they opt to avoid learning their status, rather
than seeking medical care.
“lf 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 Hopellealth serves, there are 33$ 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 AIDS 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 physical that you’re getting an HIV lest. You have to ask for one ” The rate of African-American women contracting the virus has increased in recent years, Hightower said, and
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