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RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall is the public information director of the Henry/Stark Health Departments.
Blog: Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day
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By RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall
Nov. 30, 2012 12:01 a.m.

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments announce that the 25th

annual observance World AIDS Day will be commemorated on December 1, 2012.

World AIDS Day aims to increase awareness of the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS

epidemic globally and in the US.

World AIDS day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and

improving education. The World AIDS Day Theme for 2012 is "Getting to

Zero." The theme is about reducing new HIV infections, discrimination and

AIDS related deaths to zero through increased advances and equal access to

HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care. One hundred ninety-one

countries around the world are observing this day to draw attention to the

AIDS epidemic.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 34 million people living

with HIV, including 2.1 million children. Over 25 million people have died

from AIDS. During 2010 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with

the virus.

RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall, Health Department Director of Public Information

adds, "To give people a more national perspective, according to the most

recent CDC data, approximately 50,000 Americans become newly infected with

HIV each year and more than 14,000 people with AIDS die each year in the US.

Yet, studies show that some of the populations with the highest rates of

infection either do not recognize their risk or believe that HIV is no

longer a serious health threat. And research indicates that individuals who

are complacent about the threat of HIV are more likely to practice risky

behaviors."

For more information on the Department's confidential AIDS/HIV testing

and counseling, educational materials, and AIDS prevention services call the

Health Department at (309) 852-0197 or 792-4011 (Henry) or 852-3115 (Stark)

or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at

Henry and Stark County Health Departments.

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