Savannah (WSAV) – World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to celebrate the lives of people who have died from it.
More than 1.2 million people in United States are living with HIV and nearly one in eight of them does not know it. The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV and AIDS.
The 2016 theme is “Leadership, Commitment, Impact.” Whether you are actively dating or in a committed relationship, you can take these simple, effective steps to help prevent HIV infection for you and your partner:
- Use condoms every time you have sex.
- Get an HIV test, which is free and confidential.
- Be monogamous.
- Do not abuse alcohol or drugs.
- Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) if you think you are at risk for HIV.
Two sites in Savannah will offer free HIV testing today:
-Chatham County Health Department
1395 Eisenhower Drive
515 Pennsylvania Avenue