Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:54 AM EDT2013-05-17 15:54:38 GMT
Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle called 911 Thursday afternoon to alert authorities that he was going to kill himself.A recording of the call chronicles Trickle's calm admission to a Lincoln County 911More >>
Former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle called 911 Thursday afternoon to alert authorities that he was going to kill himself.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:48:58 GMT
The double-murder trial of Brett Parker resumed Friday morning after being cut short Thursday when the admitted bookie had to be transported to an area hospital after an emotional outburst in the courtroom.AfterMore >>
The double-murder trial of Brett Parker resumed Friday morning after being cut short Thursday when the admitted bookie had to be transported to an area hospital after an emotional outburst in the courtroom.More >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
It was the worst news of their lives.
"I was diagnosed with HIV in 2004 and I was a junior in college," said Shehan Welihindha. "It was one of those things as a young person, you think it's not going to happen to me and it did."
Welihindha has been living with the virus for eight years.
"I knew nothing about HIV until it was a part of my life."
A woman who does not want to be identified said the man who infected her six years ago knew he had HIV.
"He knew but he was like, 'What's wrong with having HIV or AIDS?'" she said. "When he said that I'm like, 'There's nothing right with it? It's a lot wrong with it and you did wrong by cutting my life short.'"
These are just two stories of two people surviving every day.
"There's still a lot of stigma around HIV and that is what is killing us that we don't talk openly about HIV," said Carmen Julious with the Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services Center.
Julious said people can live healthy lives if they get medical care and if they're educated about the illness.
"There's so much stigma associated with HIV," said Welihindha. "It's historically a gay disease but it affects everyone. It does not discriminate in any way."
Welihindha uses his personal experience to help educate young people about HIV through the Youth Empowered Against HIV program.
"As a young person you always think you are invincible," he said. "Well, it happened to me so it can happen to anyone. You don't think about the bad things that can happen to you. You don't think about how this could be something that could change your life."
Justin Wise is a youth leader with the same program. He helps educate through classes and condoms.
"No one can change their status" he said.
But knowing your status can change your life and help you live it.
"I hate to say it was what made me into who I am but it really has," said Welihindha. "It gave me a different perspective. It gave me an appreciation for life."
South Carolina ranks eighth in the nation for the number of AIDS cases. 15,000 people in the state are living with HIV or AIDS.
Worldwide, an estimated 60 million people have been infected with the virus. One million live in the United States.
Friday, May 17 2013 3:01 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:01:38 GMT
Video of State Representative Ted Vick chronicles the Pee Dee lawmaker's interaction with Bureau of Protective Services officers late Tuesday night as he was arrested for DUI in the State House parkingMore >>
Video of Democratic State Representative Ted Vick chronicles the Pee Dee lawmaker's interaction with Bureau of Protective Services officers late Tuesday night as he was arrested for DUI in the State House parking garage.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:05:00 GMT
Emergency crews have evacuated a Walmart in Lexington County.Customers at the Walmart on South Lake Drive were asked to leave the store at about 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.Emergency crews are on the scene.More >>
Emergency crews have evacuated a Walmart in Lexington County.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:33 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:33:53 GMT
Richland County Sheriff's Deputies charged a woman with attempted murder after a domestic fight sent a man to the hospital early Saturday.Deputy Curtis Wilson said officers were called to a home in theMore >>
Richland County Sheriff's Deputies charged a woman with attempted murder after a domestic fight sent a man to the hospital early Saturday.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:01 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:01:40 GMT
Richland County has agreed to a settlement involving a couple who was killed in a train crash in 2008.The county is paying $150,000 to the estate of Derald Hill, Sr. and his wife, Nichole. The couple wasMore >>
Richland County has agreed to a settlement involving a couple who was killed in a train crash in 2008.More >>
The newly re-named "Comet" (Central Midlands Transit) bus service will restore significant service on major, high-performing routes, which will enable riders increased access to the system this weekend.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:48 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:48:31 GMT
Statistics show South Carolina has the 13th highest rate of functional illiteracy in the United States. To get in front of that problem, and the high dropout rate that can result, state lawmakers are proposingMore >>
Statistics show South Carolina has the 13th highest rate of functional illiteracy in the United States.More >>