Extended Testing Hours for World AIDS Day

An estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and yet one out of five of them don’t know it.

Once every year, on December 1st, World AIDS Day is observed around the world. It is a global commemoration to remember the millions of lives lost to this disease, to draw attention to the needs of the millions of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, to promote education and prevention efforts, to honor the progress made in the battle against HIV/AIDS, and to renew commitments made to tackle the effects of HIV/AIDS.

Cascade City-County Health Department will be commemorating World AIDS Day by offereing extended hours, 8AM – 6PM, on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 to provide free and anonymous HIV testing.

“HIV has not gone away, there are many lives still being affected by the disease and many things still to be done,” says Trisha Gardner, CCHD’s HIV/AIDS Community Health Education Specialist. World AIDS Day helps to serve as a reminder that it continues to be an epidemic around the world.

The first step in stopping the spread of HIV is to know your status. The CCHD encourages everyone to get tested today. Anyone with questions about HIV/AIDS can contact Trisha Gardner at 791-9279 or click here to visit CCHD’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Program.