This year marks the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day with the global theme of Getting to Zero: Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS Related Deaths. It’s more apparent than ever for our community to realize lives are being lost to a preventable disease affecting our families at alarming rates.
In recent years the focus has been on women contracting the virus from their male partners. Since 2010, research has shown that about 70% of new HIV infections are young, gay/bisexual, men; most are African Americans.
The Orange County Health Department says that over 95,000 adults in Florida are living with the disease and the state ranks 3rd in the nation for the number of HIV/AIDS cases.
On Saturday, December 1, 2012, stop by the Orange County Regional History Center for a World AIDS Day Celebrationfrom 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Attendees can get FREE rapid testing (20 minute results) enjoy creative performances and honor loved ones infected & affected by a disease that has claimed 25 million lives over the last 30 years. Mirna Chamorro, Public Information Officer, Orange and Seminole Counties Health Department, shares how we're getting to zero (Click for audio)...
For more information about World AIDS Day call 407-539-0885.