World AIDS Day brings greater awareness about the battle against HIV/AIDS

Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. This is the 23rd year that World AIDS Day has been recognized, bringing more awareness about HIV/AIDS to people across the globe.

One of the most important goals of World AIDS Day is to use information and awareness to reduce the number of new HIV/AIDS infections and stop the spread of the disease. United Way of the Mid-South and the Mid-South Coalition on HIV/AIDS leverages resources to combat the spread of HIV.

The Mid-South Coalition is made up of consumers, HIV/AIDS service providers and community volunteers. Based on community research and member expertise, the Coalition develops local prevention plans and makes critical decisions about providing preventive services in Shelby, Tipton and Fayette Counties in Tennessee.

In Memphis alone, there are over 7,500 people living with HIV. This staggering number means there is a great need to raise awareness about the disease.

“Worldwide, HIV remains a human tragedy, infecting more than 2.7 million each year. In the United States, more than 56,000 Americans are infected every year. That is one person every 9 ½ minutes.  The epidemic has claimed the lives of nearly 600,000 Americans and affects many more. Currently, there are more than a million Americans living with HIV. Almost half of all Americans know someone living with HIV, ” said Orisha Henry-Bowers, Senior Associate with United Way’s Community Impact department.

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