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On World AIDS Day, Tampa unveils its new and improved AIDS Memorial Park

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According to statistics reported by the Florida Department of Health earlier this year, Florida has the highest number of new HIV diagnoses in the nation, with Hillsborough County having the largest increase — 63 percent from 2012 to 2014. According to Michael Ruppel, Executive Director with the AIDS Institute in Tampa, one of the factors why Florida has the most new HIV diagnoses is that people who were already diagnosed in other states are moving to Florida, ending up in the state’s…

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