Worldwide, UNAIDS estimates that 35 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, 1.2 million people live with the disease and yet it can also be found in our own backyard. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked South Carolina eighth in the nation on the rate of new AIDS cases annually.
World AIDS Day has been celebrated on December 1st since 1998. The World Health Organization created the day to bring attention to the worldwide HIV epidemic. A red ribbon has become the symbol of solidarity and awareness around the cause. HopeHealth invites you to join millions around the world this December and “Put a Ribbon On It.”
Ways to Get Involved:
HopeHealth organizes awareness events throughout the year to increase the dialogue about HIV and AIDS, decrease stigma, and provide support to individuals living with the disease. Rapid HIV testing is available at HopeHealth sites in Florence, Manning, Orangeburg, and Aiken.
For more information about HIV/AIDS services or to participate in the Put A Ribbon On It Campaign, please contact the Community Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.