(WLNS) — December 1st is ‘World AIDS Day’, a day to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and urge people to get tested.
The illness is still spreading rapidly, more than 50,000 new cases are diagnosed across the country each year; 800 of them in Michigan.
Advocates hope people will hear the statistics and make plans to get tested.
Anne Barna with the Eaton Barry County District Health Department, recommends that every person get tested at least once in their life time.
Most local Health Departments offer free screenings, and keep the results off of your medical record.
You can also order an HIV/AIDS test through your family doctor as well, but the results will be added to your medical record.
The Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) will host an event Thursday night to honor the lives lost to HIV/AIDS and foster hope for an HIV free future.
The events starts at 6pm, at the Unity Spiritual Center on 230 S. Holmes Street.
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