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How a new Arizona law expanding HIV testing could help combat its spread

A bill signed into law last month by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey could push the state much closer to ending the negative effects of HIV on communities.

The legislation, sponsored by Democratic representative and emergency physician Dr. Amish Shah, includes HIV as part of the common array of tests a patient would receive in an emergency room, for example.

Jimmy Thomason is executive director of Aunt Rita’s Foundation, an organization aiming to end HIV in Arizona. The Show spoke with him to learn the significance of the bill's signing.

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