World AIDS Day Recognition Award

An estimated 1.2 million American 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.

There are individuals in Montana who make a difference in the fight against the HIV epidemic each year. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) acknowledges their efforts by giving out the Governor’s World AIDS Day Recognition Award. This year, Trisha Gardner, CCHD’s HIV Program Case Manager earned the award through her hard work and dedication to the community. On World AIDS Day, December 1st, Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger and the Director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Anna Whiting Sorrell, will be presenting the award to Ms. Gardner.

Ms. Gardner works tirelessly in her prevention efforts. She recognizes that the first step in stopping the HIV epidemic is for people to know their status, so she tests approximately 600 individuals per year throughout Cascade County. In addition to testing and education, Ms. Gardner also provides case management for HIV-positive individuals through the federally funded Ryan White program.

HIV has not gone away; there are still lives being affected by the disease and many things still to be done. World AIDS Day helps to serve as a reminder that it continues to be an epidemic around the world.

The CCHD encourages everyone to get tested today. Anyone with questions about HIV or AIDS can visit CCHD’s HIV page or call 454-6950 and ask to speak with the HIV Program Case Manager.