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The first AIDS discovery was made 25-years ago today

KENNEWICK, Wash. -The first AIDS discovery was made 25-years ago today. It was considered a death sentence that only affected gay men.

Todaypeoplewith HIV andAIDS are living longer andmore women have been infected.The Benton Franklin Health Department said that when reports first came out doctors told themAIDS was just in the big cities and that it only affected men.

Benton Franklin County Health Department official Heather Hill said, "Over the years we realized that men were putting women at risk and women were putting women at risk."

Millions of people havediedaround the world as a result of AIDS. Today in Benton and Franklin County there are almost200 people withHIV orAIDS andmany others that do notknow they are infected.

Rick Guerra, a localAIDS support group organizers said, "Right now in the tri-cities I'd say its 50 percent that are gay people and the other 50 percent that are not gay."

The health departmentsaid treatment has gotten so much better over the years. He said, "It went from people that were dying very quickly with 18 months to two years to live to people now that survive years and years."

There isa number of places to get tested in the Tri-Cities including the County Health Department in Pasco. Doctors said the quicker you realize you haveHIV the longer your chances of surviving.