World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1st and many people don't even know it's going on. The purpose of World AIDS Day is to bring awareness and education to people all around Earth in hopes to finally eradicate this horrible disease. In fact this years theme for world AIDS day is "getting to zero". Because doctors and scientists from nation to nation know with the right work we can live in a world with zero new infections.
Testing is one of the most important weapons we have here in the United States. Knowing if you are infected or not insures that you cant pass on the infection to someone else.
"Part of the World AIDS Day ‘Getting to Zero’ theme is zero new HIV infections," said Joshua P. Romero, Lead the Way community outreach manager. "The first step in stopping new HIV infections is knowing your status. If you don’t know whether or not you have HIV, you don’t know if you could be transmitting the virus."
Anyone involved in high risk activity should be tested at least once a year and everyone else should be tested at least once in their lives just to be sure. This is a disease that doesn't know race or income level.
Here's a graph of high risk people in the U.S.
For information on where to get tested and where to get more information in Arkansas click here.