The first AIDS diagnosis in Maine was made in 1982 - over 20 years ago. Since then, 975 Mainers have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. About half of these people have died. Today, about 1,200 people in our state live with this disease.
(Twenty Years of AIDS: A Maine Perspective) Many people won't talk or think about HIV/AIDS. This may be a fatal mistake. Communication and education are keys to defeating HIV/AIDS. The more you know about HIV/AIDS, the less likely you are to get the disease.
According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four people infected by HIV do not even know they have it. This is one reason why the infection continues to spread.
HIV/AIDS can be prevented. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are effective treatments. Many patients lead active and productive lives. Learn all you can about HIV/AIDS to protect yourself and your loved ones.
If you have been infected by this virus, learn how stay healthy. Take the time to learn about HIV/AIDS and how you can reduce your risk from the disease.
Parkinson’s Disease in Maine
Parkinson's disease is a disorder that impacts the part of the brain that controls muscle movements. People with Parkinson's experience a gradual loss of control over their muscles. They experience tremors or shaking, and may have trouble moving around or performing simple tasks as symptoms get worse. (from the American Academy of Family Physicians)
620 Maine residents died of causes related to Parkinson's disease between 1988 and 1997 (Maine Department of Health and Human Services)
Each year, 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's.
The American Parkinson's Disease Foundation estimates that 1.5 million people in the United States suffer from the disease
It is estimated that Parkinson's directly impacts at least 1 in 10 families in Maine.
Here you will find links to resources for the prevention, care, and management of Parkinson's Disease. If you have an interest in helping to develop and maintain this website, please contact us.
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
You can't control some of the things that impact your health, like your family history or your age. But you can make healthy lifestyle choices that will increase your chances of living a long, disease-free life.
The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends that people make these choices to help stay healthy:
- Don’t use any form of tobacco.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
- Don’t use illegal drugs.
- Practice safe sex.
- Use seat belts (and car seats for children) when riding in a car or truck.
- See your doctor regularly for preventive care.
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