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A drop of blood is all that is needed to activate an HIV antibody test. Here a man gets his finger pricked at the UAB 1917 Clinic. (FILE)
Two Birmingham women living with HIV have been recognized as among the nation's 100 "unsung heroes" in the fight against the disease, it was announced today by POZ magazine.
The fourth annual POZ 100 list recognized Cynthia Rodgers, linkage and retention coordinator at UAB Family Clinic, and Ruth DeRamus, peer educator at UAB 1917 Clinic/AIDS Alabama.
DeRamus, HIV-positive since 2006, was diagnosed in her 50s and ever since has used her experience to help educate others, the POZ announcement stated.
"Ruth has a smile that immediately puts one at ease, which is useful in her job as a peer educator and advocate at UAB's 1917 Clinic," according to the announcement.
Rodgers was diagnosed in 1998 and "has a special gift for reaching out to children, teens and young adults and getting them into care," according to POZ. "Cynthia always wears a huge smile, gives the largest hugs and wants each person to fulfill his or her destiny."
"The individuals on this year's list may not consider themselves to be heroes, but we do," said Oriol Gutierrez, editor-in-chief at POZ, a print and online magazine focused on those living with HIV. "Each person--in his or her own unique way--is taking a brave stand against the virus. They are fighting back."
The list is POZ's fourth and is made up of people from around the country living with the virus.
More on DeRamus and Rodgers and the 98 other unsung heroes can be or on POZ.com.
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