Calvin and Eunice Marshall, an African-American Houston couple married for 32 years, were both diagnosed with HIV in 2007. Since then, both have become advocates for HIV reduction and a reminder that it impacts all communities: straight and gay; black, white and brown; rich and poor. The disease doesn’t discriminate.
Scientific breakthroughs have changed the virus from a death sentence in the 1980s and ’90s to a chronic, manageable one today. But HIV remains at epidemic proportions in Texas, and Houston has the highest number of new cases in the state. A report by the Houston Health Department showed one out of every 200 Houstonians is living with it, and, alarmingly, young people ages 15-34 are getting hit the hardest. Heading into 2017, health care providers and policymakers must find a renewed sense of urgency to stop the spread of the virus.