HIV activist passes away and leaves behind a lasting legacy

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Terri Parrish was a long-time HIV/AIDS activist known both locally and nationally.

She was unique because she is one of the few people, especially back then, who openly talked about having HIV/AIDS. She has worked with the AIDS Project of the Ozarks for over 25 years.

In that time, she advocated for those living with HIV on a local, state, and national level. Locally, she has educated junior and high school students on AIDS awareness and prevention. She passed last week of liver and kidney failure.

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