Lead the Way Honors World AIDS Day
“Part of the World AIDS Day ‘Getting to Zero’ theme is zero new HIV infections,” said Joshua P. Romero, Lead the Way community outreach manager. “The first step in stopping new HIV infections is knowing your status. If you don’t know whether or not you have HIV, you don’t know if you could be transmitting the virus.”
HIV around the World
On December 1 of each year, people from around the world unite to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) established the annual commemoration to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.
According to WHO, HIV is one of the world's leading infectious killers, claiming more than 25 million lives over the last 30 years. In 2011, there were approximately 34.2 million people living with HIV. Over 60% of people living with HIV are in sub-Saharan Africa.
To help fight HIV transmission in San Diego, Lead the Way is providing free, confidential HIV testing on World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day Testing Locations
On Saturday, December 1, Lead the Way provides free, confidential HIV testing to the community at the following locations, on a walk-in basis:
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