The federal government's top adviser on AIDS policies and programs was scheduled to arrive in Mayville today to meet with other officials concerned with the Chautauqua County HIV outbreak, which was made public Monday.
Dr. Eric P. Goosby, head of the Office of AIDS/HIV Policy for the Department of Health and Human Services, was to be accompanied on a charter flight from Washington, D.C., by Rep. Amo Houghton, R-Corning. Houghton also will attend the meeting.
"We want to make sure that every resource -- local, statewide, federal -- is brought to bear on the resolution of this tragedy," Houghton said Tuesday. The Chautauqua County health commissioner revealed Monday that Nushawn Williams, 20, who lived in the county for a year, had infected 10 women and girls, one as young as 13, with the HIV virus.
Speakers from the Chautauqua County Health Department and BOCES will present information on AIDS and HIV at a public meeting at 7 this evening in Jamestown's Reg Lenna Civic Center. The meeting is sponsored by several area parent-teacher organizations and other educational groups.
Jamestown School Superintendent Craig King encouraged all students with questions to contact AIDS Community Services in Jamestown at 487-2498 or the AIDS hot line at 1-800-342-AIDS. All calls will be kept confidential.
"Despite our best efforts," King said, "some children may not be getting the message, or if they are, they do not believe it can happen to them. It is a wake-up call for all of us."
Jamestown Mayor Richard Kimball expressed shock and anger Tuesday over the matter.
"When I first heard," he said, "I was dismayed and found it hard to believe that something like this could happen in Chautauqua County.
"We are getting a lot of negative publicity now, but I think it drives the point home very clearly that, no matter what type of community you have, the AIDS virus knows no boundaries and nobody is really safe from it."