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HIV/AIDS awareness on World Aids Day

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NASHUA (KWWL)-- Hundreds of people across Iowa plan to use Wednesday to educate others about the every-day struggles of living with HIV and AIDS.

At first glance Tami Haught looks like a healthy adult, but the self-described soccer mom is living with a very serious and life threatening virus.

"I found out I was HIV positive on August 23rd, 1993. It was the day before my 25th birthday," said Haught.

Haught received the virus from her late husband, Roger. Roger was given a bad blood transfusion after he was in a car accident.

"The doctor told us on August 4th when he was diagnosed that we might as well cancel our wedding plans, he wouldn't live long enough."

But Roger lived nearly three more years after that and despite the doctors advice the Haughts decided to go through with their wedding.

They later walked down the aisle in the Little Brown Church in Nashua. After the wedding there was even a bigger surprise for Tami. She was pregnant with a little boy.

"He was born December 21st, 1996. Two months and nine days after his dad died."

But since Roger had AIDS and Tami was HIV positive, there was the question if their son, Adrian was affected too.

"By the grace of God and AZT he is negative. The minute I found out I was pregnant I started taking AZT which reduces the transmission between mother and child to less than one percent now," said Haught

This is why Haught hopes everyone will get tested and to just be aware that anyone can get the HIV virus if they are not careful.

Wednesday, a scavenger hunt is designed to bring awareness about the agencies and services available in Northeast Iowa.  Teams of three to four people can pick up their packet of clues from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Wellness and Recreation Center at UNI and Allen Women's Health.

A closing service will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Waterloo.  It will start at 5:30.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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