Northeast Florida AIDS Network

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Mark Woods from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Folio Weekly reporter Madeleine Peck Wagner and Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons.

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Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Duval County has one of the highest rates of AIDS and HIV infection in the country. More than 6,000 people in Jacksonville are infected, and the number is growing. To combat the problem, a coalition of local agencies is throwing a Youth Block Party Friday at A. Philip Randolph Park.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

More than 6,000 Jacksonville residents are living with HIV or AIDS in Jacksonville and new diagnoses are happening in people at younger and younger ages.

This week, organizations like the Northeast Florida Aids Network set up events to spread awareness — and protection.