According to the Center for Disease Control
, about 36.7 million people worldwide were living with HIV in 2016. Moreover, between the start of the pandemic and the end of 2016, AIDS-related illnesses reportedly took the lives of 35 million people worldwide, according to amfAR
, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Many HIV-positive people, both in the U.S. and abroad, do not have access to treatment.
In order to draw attention to the virus and its effects, World AIDS Day
was established in 1988 — the first global health initiative. On Dec. 1, 2017, people worldwide will be encouraged to use World AIDS Day as an opportunity to educate themselves about recent medical developments, get tested, and lend vocal support to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains will once again participate in World AIDS Day by offering free testing at seven health centers across the state, including their Colorado Springs Center on Centennial Boulevard. The CDC claims that 15 percent of the roughly 1.1 million HIV-positive people in the U.S. are unaware of their status, so getting tested may mean discovering the virus early enough to mitigate its prevalence.
To learn more about where and how to get tested in the state of Colorado, see the full release from Planned Parenthood below.
DENVER, CO— On December 1, 2017, in recognition of World AIDS Day, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) will continue their commitment to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS across their four-state region. Complimentary testing will be available at seven health centers throughout the day.
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“As a leader in the field of HIV prevention, PPRM is committed to implementing and expanding access to HIV testing and PrEP services. PPRM recognizes this unique moment in time where on this World AIDS Day 2017, we are in a position to help end HIV. We stand in solidarity with the communities we serve, and renew our promise to be strong allies in the fight,” said Martin Walker, Director of HIV Programs, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
On December 1, Planned Parenthood will offer free HIV testing at seven health centers across the organization’s four-state region. Participating sites include: Salida, Colorado Springs, Greeley in Colorado, Flamingo and Charleston in Las Vegas, and Farmington and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This is the fifth consecutive year PPRM will participate in this campaign. PPRM works tirelessly to train current and new volunteers to be able to provide HIV education and testing which increases PPRM’s capacity to serve every patient who seeks an answer to their HIV status.
For more information about the program and testing locations, telephone 1.800.230.PLAN, visit us online at pprm.org.
Indy's Culture and Calendar Editor, volunteers with Planned Parenthood as a Health Center Activist.