Albany gathering helps reduce stigma of HIV/AIDS

December 04, 2018 06:30 PM

ALBANY - New York State is taking a look at how far it's come since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. December 1 is designated as "World AIDS Day." The day is dedicated to raising awareness and money to fight AIDS around the world. It was founded in 1988 by the World Health Organization.

It is estimated that 1.1 million people in the United States are HIV positive. That works out to about one in every 200 people over the age of 13.

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According to statistics from 2014, more than 12,000 people die each year from HIV and AIDS. It's about a quarter of the number of people who died from HIV and AIDS in 1995.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone between the ages of 13 through 64 is tested for HIV at least once.

Over the last four decades, HIV and AIDS have been at the forefront of advocacy and research. Still, AIDS remains one of the most destructive epidemics in history. New York says it's on track to end the epidemic by 2020.

At a gathering inside the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Tuesday, people were having real conversations about AIDS prevention and treatment. They're also getting the chance to check out some community service organizations and dozens of AIDS memorial quilts.

Organizers hope this experience helps reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.

MORE INFORMATION: The Basics of HIV prevention | HIV/AIDS: Symptoms and Causes | HIV/AIDS: The Basics | Benita Zahn's "Health Beat": World AIDS Day


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