Thursday is World AIDS Day, with this year’s theme focusing on leadership, commitment and impact.
World AIDS Day aims to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. And that one in eight people who have HIV don’t know it.
To find HIV counseling and testing sites, visit http://www.hivtest.org. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment highlighted some events around the state Thursday.
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▪ Wichita’s World AIDS Day Program will host an event called “Remember, Hope, Act” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Garvey Center, 250 W. Douglas. The event includes hot soups, chili, and information from vendors. For more information, contact Michael Madecky, 316-293-3405.
▪ Hunter Health Clinic will offer testing 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at New Jerusalem, 209 E. Broadway in Newton. No appointment is needed. For more information, contact Tabatha Miller, 316-262-3611 ext. 1112, or Penny Dugan, 316-282-2101.
▪ Positive Connections will host an event called “Service of Hope and Remembrance” at 6 p.m. Thursday at Metropolitan Community Church, 4425 SW 19th in Topeka. The event includes music, a candlelight remembrance service and two guest speakers: Jennifer VandeVelde and Rev. Paul Whiting. For more information, contact Nicole Nesmith at 785-232-3100.