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Lighting of Iconic Landmarks and HIV Testing -- 11.28.2012

COLUMBUS PUBLIC HEALTH -- Media Advisory
FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012

World AIDS Day Kicks Off with Lighting of Iconic Landmarks and HIV Testing

Local Events Raise Awareness and Unite People in the Fight against HIV

WHAT
Local World AIDS Day events to raise awareness and aid in the fight against HIV.            

WHO
Columbus Public Health, Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center, Stonewall Columbus, AIDS Resource Center Ohio, and Ohio AIDS Coalition.    

EVENT          

Wednesday, November 28

DETAILS:      

Illumination of Columbus City Hall and Columbus Public Health – through 12/1/12

HIV Testing Event (with Activities and Community Partner Displays)
4-8 p.m.
Columbus Public Health – Sexual Health Clinic
240 Parsons Ave., Columbus

Saturday, December 1

Speakers Event and AIDS Quilt Panel
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center
1780 E. Broad St., Columbus

HIV Testing Event
2-6 p.m.
Stonewall Columbus
1160 N. High St., Columbus

Silent Memorial Flash Mob and Vigil
7:30 p.m.
Meet at Stonewall Columbus
1160 N. High St., Columbus                          

MORE INFO: Nearly 1.2 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV, yet 20 t0 25 percent of people do not know it. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently ranked Columbus 21st in the nation for HIV Infections.  Young people are being hit especially hard with 25 percent of all new HIV cases in people 13 to 24-years-old.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends routine HIV screening for all Americans ages 15 to 65 and all pregnant women.  Getting tested and knowing your status is important because early detection and care improves lives and prevents new infections.

The first ever global health day, World AIDS Day unites people around the world to fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. 

Learn more at TakeCareDownThereColumbus.com or publichealth@columbus.gov.

 

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