June 11, 2007

Miss Navajo Nation tackles AIDS

Arizona:  Navajos continue to battle AIDS, HIVIn recent months, Jocelyn Billy’s willingness to discuss topics such as sex, relationships and disease on the Navajo Nation has won praise from those working with HIV and AIDS patients.

While many Navajo officials shy away from those subjects, the 24-year-old Billy has used her unique and prominent status—as Miss Navajo Nation—to get the word out.

“For her to talk about HIV and STDs is phenomenal,” said Marco Arviso of the Navajo AIDS Network.

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