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About the Arizona HIV Needs Survey
The purpose of the HIV Needs Survey is to gain a better understanding of current access to testing, treatment and prevention services. By sharing needs, experiences and barriers, your feedback will help to highlight what has gone right with HIV services and how they can be improved.
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A chat with Conard Franz
RipplePHX: “What made you want to be a part of this campaign?”
Conard: “I’ve lost a few loved-ones to this HIV epidemic, and I want to make sure we get the information out and we can get make sure we get people from Arizona represented in this survey so we can get the help and education that we need.”
RipplePHX: “What do you think is one of the biggest misconceptions about living with HIV?”
Conard: “I think one of the biggest misconceptions still with HIV is that people are just doomed to death. And that’s just no longer the case. I think this survey can really help to make sure that this information gets out and can help make sure that undetectable equals untransmittable is really heard in this HIV epidemic.”
RipplePHX: “How do you think HIV is viewed in your community?”
Conard: “I think it’s getting better, but we still have a long way to go. I still think that people feel that those with HIV are ‘unclean’ or ‘unsafe’ or ‘ew – they must have done something wrong in their life’. And that’s just not the case. I really want to make sure we get this noise out of our heads and get the information out into the public the right way.”
RipplePHX: “If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself something you now know about HIV, what would it be?”
Conard: “Condoms not only protect from HIV, but there’s so much more that they do protect from. [I’d tell myself] ‘Be safe, be mature, make sure you know what you’re doing at all times and keep your wits about you.”