AIDS and HIV are not the immediate death sentences they once were. But of course, that’s no excuse for us to stay lax on practicing safe sex and being support for loved ones, co-workers and anyone in our circles that are living with the disease. Since 1988, World AIDS Day (created by World Health Organization Public Information officers James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter in 1987) has been a national day of recognizing the impact of the virus. December 1 is a day for you to show support for people living with HIV and commemorate those who have died. A lot of people show their support and solidarity by wearing a red ribbon and getting tested.
WorldAidsDay.org reports “an estimated 34 million people [globally] who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.”
Do you know your status? Here are three area clinics offering testing:
1. Baltimore City Health Department
1515 W North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
2. Baltimore County Department of Health
Woodlawn Health Center
1811 Woodlawn Dr
Baltimore, MD 21207
3. Park West Health System
4120 Patterson Ave
Baltimore, MD 21215
Facts via AIDS.gov:
- More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it.
- Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.
- Using condoms consistently and correctly, reducing your number of sexual partners and getting tested/treated for other STDs can lower your risk of getting HIV.
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