World AIDS Day shows support, raises awareness

HIV testing

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – World AIDS Day is a day for people to join together in the fight against HIV. Each year on this day people show their support for those living with HIV and they remember those who have died.

It’s been an annual global health day since 1988 and each year World AIDS Day is celebrated here locally in Wichita.

Today’s event is called “Remember, Hope, Act” and it will feature a presentation by Dr. Donna Sweet, a professor and clinician at KU School of Medicine in Wichita.

The public is invited to come learn about how the face of HIV has changed over the years and to celebrate the advancements in treatment. There will also be information for anyone living with HIV right now.

That event will be held tonight at the Garvey Center in Wichita at 250 W. Douglas starting at 6 p.m.

There will also be free conventional HIV testing offered by the Sedgwick County Health Department today from 1 to 5 p.m. at 2716 W. Central, Wichita.

Walk-in or call for appointment at 316-660-7300.

World AIDS Day provides opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and memorialize those who have died. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports there are 3,096 people in Kansas and 796 people in Sedgwick County living with HIV. People may not know they have HIV.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends testing for everyone who is sexually active, or who shares needles, or who is in contact with blood.