Stamford AIDS patient preaches prevention on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day heightened awareness about a disease that has hit home for people around the world and in southwestern Connecticut.AIDS patient Harry Bethea, of Stamford, says he's inspired by the progress of AIDS treatment. Bethea, who was diagnosed 21 years ago, says he's proof people are living longer with HIV and AIDS. Bethea says he's grateful for medical advances and treatment over the years from Doctor Michael Parry of Stamford. He says with the help of medical research, his daily medications have been reduced from 20 to three.Since becoming infected, Bethea has made it his mission to inform young people before it?s too late. Bethea says he meets with teens to give out condoms and information, pleading with them to make better decisions than he did at their age. He tells them once they are infected with the virus, there is no going back. Bethea says he hopes to live to see a cure for AIDS.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."