The AIDS epidemic may no longer be in the news as much as it used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, with more than 35 million people living with HIV across the globe; 2 million dying each year, and 270,000 being children.
These devastating numbers are why December is designated AIDS Awareness Month. Besides showing support for those living with HIV, and remembering those who have passed, organizations dedicated to the cause spend this month reminding the world that HIV has not been cured. Raising awareness, improving education and fighting stigma are still part of the battle.
In the U.S., more than 1 million Americans live with HIV, and 1 in 5 are unaware. It is everyone’s responsibility to get tested and know the results, and to encourage loved ones to do the same. The more people work to raise awareness, the closer the nation is to an AIDS-free generation.
As a leader in California health care, AltaMed offers simple, confidential and private HIV and STDs testing at many service locations. In fact, AltaMed uses the HIV Rapid Test, which lets people find out their results in just 20 minutes. Anyone can make an appointment, walk into one of the AltaMed clinics or visit a mobile testing unit, which travels throughout Los Angeles.
On AltaMed.org, people can also find many educational resources about the HIV and AIDS health care services AltaMed offers, including specialty care, case management, treatment, prevention programs and one-on-one counseling. AltaMed has a team of highly skilled experts ready to provide everyone with quality care without exception.
AltaMed can answer questions about its HIV/AIDS services at (888)-455-5540 and has many helpful resources on AltaMed.org/hiv.
It’s time to show solidarity by wearing a red ribbon, and making an effort to learn more and help educate family and friends about the real facts about HIV and AIDS.