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Recognizing World AIDS Day

By Dan Weister

November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

Contact: Dain Weister


ORLANDO - December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to remember those who we have lost to this pandemic, and this year marks the 26th anniversary of World AIDS Day. The theme this year is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” The slogan for World AIDS Day underscores the importance of awareness of the disease and the global commitment needed to achieve this goal.

“Millions of people continue to be infected with HIV every year. All adults and adolescents should have a routine HIV test to make sure they know their status,” said Debbie Tucci, HIV/AIDS Program Manager at the Department of Health in Orange County.

The following events, which will include free testing, will be taking place in Orange and Seminole Counties to increase awareness and education:

Monday, December 1, 2014
World AIDS Day Commemoration
Free HIV Testing, HIV Quilts, and Entertainment
Lake Eola Bandshell
195 N. Rosalind Avenue, Orlando
6:00-8:00 p.m., Testing begins at 4:00 p.m.

Monday, December 1, 2014
Free HIV Testing
Department of Health in Seminole County
400 West Airport Boulevard
Sanford, FL
8:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Free HIV Testing
408 E Michigan St, Orlando, FL
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Florida has been heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The state continues to rank third in the nation in the cumulative number of AIDS cases (126,581 in 2012) and second in the nation in the cumulative number of HIV cases (49,058 in 2012). Orange County ranks third in the state for HIV and AIDS cases. In Central Florida’s Area 7 region, (Orange, Osceola, Brevard, and Seminole counties) there 12,281 persons living with HIV in this Central Florida region and 5,978 cases living with AIDS.

The Florida Department of Health has developed a comprehensive program for preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and for providing care and treatment to those already infected. This comprehensive approach includes HIV surveillance, education, prevention, counseling, testing, care and treatment. Click here, for more information on these services.

For more information on HIV/AIDS, visit

For more information on World AIDS Day events, call the Heart of Florida United Way at 407-429-2197.