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By Tracy Clemons

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis non-profit that works with people living with HIV and AIDS is celebrating its 25th anniversary Thursday night.

Doorways offers housing and medical treatment for low-income HIV and AIDS patients. They also have apartment-style living facilities for families, and offers short-term help with rent and utilities.

The non-profit works with more than 1,000 people a year in Missouri and Illinois.

"The misconception is that the need has gone away," said President and CEO Opal Jones. "We know that the need has not gone away. The need has increased because 90 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in the St. Louis metropolitan area are in poverty."

Jones says the face of HIV and AIDS has changed. The biggest growth in new infections is are now in African American and Hispanic women.