Unite in the Fight Against HIV
December is AIDS Awareness Month
The AIDS epidemic may no longer be in the news as much as it once was, but that does not mean it isn’t still an important issue. AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, with more than 35 million people living with HIV across the globe. Two million of these victims die each year, 270,000 of whom are children.
These devastating numbers are why December is designated AIDS Awareness Month. In addition to 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. We still need to increase awareness, improve education and fight stigma.
There are more than 1 million Americans living with HIV, and one in five are unaware. It is your responsibility to get tested and know your results, and to encourage your loved ones to do the same. The more we all work to raise awareness, the closer we move to an AIDS-free generation.
Here at AltaMed, getting tested for HIV and STDs is a simple, confidential and private process offered at all of our HIV services locations. We use the HIV Rapid Test, which means you can find out your results in just 20 minutes. You can make an appointment, walk into one of our clinics or visit our mobile testing unit, which travels throughout Los Angeles. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (888)-455-5540 or visit www.AltaMed.org/hiv.
On our website, you can also find a ton of educational resources about the HIV and AIDS health care services we offer, including specialty care, case management, treatment, prevention programs, one-on-one counseling, and more. We have a team of highly skilled experts who are here to provide you with Quality Care Without Exception.
This December, show solidarity by wearing a red ribbon, and make an effort to learn more about HIV and AIDS so you can separate truth from rumor, and help educate family and friends.