Health and Family Services Cabinet
World AIDS Day is Dec. 1
Numerous Statewide Events Planned
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is working to promote World AIDS Day Dec. 1, providing a chance for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.
The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero:” Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths. Despite advances in the understanding of HIV and AIDS, World AIDS Day is a reminder that the disease still negatively impacts millions of people worldwide, and there is a vital need to increase awareness, improve education and get tested.
More than 1 million adults and adolescents are living with HIV in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every 9.5 minutes someone in the U.S. gets infected with HIV, about 56,300 new infections annually. While strides have been made in providing access to HIV/AIDS services, a significant number of infected people in need of antiretroviral therapy and other treatment do not have access to it. In 2009, up to 33 percent of Kentuckians diagnosed with HIV/AIDS were aware of their status but not receiving regular primary health care. Nationally, CDC also estimates 21 percent of the 1.1 million adults and adolescents living with HIV are unaware they are infected and do not receive care.
DPH encourages Kentuckians to read about HIV/AIDS, talk to someone who is infected, share knowledge with friends and family, wear a red ribbon, and get tested for HIV.
HIV testing is offered at AIDS Volunteers Inc., and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department in Lexington; Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness and Volunteers of America in Louisville; and Matthew 25 AIDS Services in Henderson. The following events will take place in Kentucky in honor of World AIDS Day:
− An AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed Nov. 14-Dec. 8 at the University of Kentucky (UK) Student Center’s Rasdall Gallery in Lexington. A free reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1.
− Free condoms and red ribbons will be given out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the UK Student Center Starbucks in Lexington.
− HIV/AIDS panel discussion at 5 p.m. today at the UK Student Center Theater in Lexington.
− Free rapid (oral) HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at the UK Commons, rooms 306A and 308A and B in Lexington.
− Town Hall Symposium and Neighborhood Testing Event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the NIA Center in Louisville.
− Free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
− Free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Salvation Army in Hopkinsville.
− Free ribbons and information at noon Dec. 1 at the St. Paul AME Church in Lexington.
− Free rapid (oral) HIV testing from 3 to 5 p.m. at the UK Student Center, rooms 359 and 363 in Lexington.
− Community Commemoration of World AIDS Days from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville.
− Free HIV testing from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Housing Authority in Bowling Green.
− Free ribbons and information at noon Dec. 4 at the St. Paul AME Church in Lexington.
− Rap session and free HIV testing at noon Dec. 10 at the St. Paul AME Church in Lexington.
For more information about events and activities in your community throughout the month of December, contact the HIV/AIDS branch’s prevention program at (502) 564-6539 or 1-800-420-7431.
For more information about HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day, please visit http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/epi/hivaids.htm or http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/