The Kentucky Department for Public Health is working to promote World AIDS Day on December 1 and unite people across the commonwealth in the fight against HIV.
The theme for this year’s observance is “Getting to Zero” with a push to get to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. Despite increased understanding of HIV and AIDS, state officials say the annual event is still needed as a reminder that the disease still impacts millions of people worldwide.
Kentucky Department for Public Health spokeswoman Beth Fisher says there is a vital need to improve education and for people to get tested.
“It’s still very important to increase awareness and to let people know HIV — while infection rates have decreased over the years — it’s a still very serious public health concern. We want people to be aware, to know their risk and to get tested because it hasn’t gone away and people still need to know their status,” she says.