World AIDS Day in the Lowcountry; report to be released, vigil downtown

Tuesday, December first is World AIDS Day.

Lowcountry AIDS Services will release a report on the HIV-AIDS epidemic in Charleston at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1 at their office in North Charleston.

The Charleston Area World AIDS Day committee will host a World AIDS Day Vigil on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, located at 4 Archdale Street in downtown Charleston.

According to a press release, the evening’s program will be:

mixture of remembrance and a celebration of life plus speakers and performances – all with the hope of sparking a dialogue about rising HIV rates facing Charleston. The Charleston Characters Dance Co. and Grace Metropolitan AME Gospel Choir will perform along with spoken word poet Ron’Rico Judon. Leaders in the HIV medical community, Lowcountry AIDS Services and local supporters also will be in attendance.

Be a part of World AIDS Day, click here for more info.

aidsThere is a red ribbon outside the White House aimed at raising awareness about the illness.

During World AID Day, people can learn more about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

According to the Centers For Disease Control, 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV or AIDS.

Here is the United States, 1.2 million people are infected. 1-in-8 people living with HIV don’t know they’re infected and can unknowingly pass the virus to others; It’s important to know your status.

Organizations like AID Upstate will provide free, confidential testing.

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