Every 9 ½ miutes, someone is diagnosed as HIV - positive in the United States, according for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Louisiana alone, 18,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, and even more do not know they are carrying the disease. However, there is available treatment for those diagnosed in Lafayette. There is available testing through Acadiana CARES, where CEO Claude Martin provides housing for those at high risk for infection.
There are more than 500 restaurants in Lafayette, and competition is growing intense as the holiday season approaches. Joey's , a Lafayette restaurant, is no stranger to this competition, having catered for the past 30 years, but Joey Beyt, President and CEO, says it is all about not becoming complacent with the customer. He says that business boosts from now until the end of the year, involving many small parties and banquets.
Residents of Hurricane Sandy are currently in the process of rebuilding their lives, an experience all too familiar to those impacted by major storms along the Gulf Coast. One organization in New Orleans called St. Paul’s Homecoming Center has made helping hurricane victims its mission. St. Paul’s was established in order to assist residents in New Orleans after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Now, members of the organization are turning their attention to the Northeast.
Shrimp remains a vital commodity not only to the state but to the entire country, with Louisiana being the number one provider of shrimp in the nation. However, the threat of imported shrimp from overseas markets is not only harming the economy but also posing a risk to consumer’s health. With over 80 percent of the shrimp consumed in the United States being imports, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act allowing the FDA to force a strict ban on toxic shrimp and enforce a more extensive testing method to ensure that the seafood is safe to eat.