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5th Annual World Aids Day Celebration

By Paul Butler

November 25, 2014

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County to Host the 

Eustis – The Florida Department of Health in Lake County will host their 5th Annual World AIDS day celebration of life event at Ferran Park located at Northshore Drive, Eustis FL 32726 on Monday, December 1st from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  A portion of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on public display and HIV testing and Hepatitis B vaccinations will be provided at no cost. The event is free and open to the public.
World AIDS Day is a global campaign to end AIDS and help bring awareness of the disease worldwide. First organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988, the World AIDS Day Theme for 2014 is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation.”  World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away.
At the end of 2014, the State of Florida had 104,342 adults living with HIV/AIDS. Florida still remains number 3 for cases in the United States.  In 2013 in Florida, 23% of all new cases were among persons aged 50 and over.  For 18 consecutive years HIV/AIDS has been the leading cause of death for black females between the ages of 25-44 and is currently the 3rd leading cause of death for black males ages 25-44.  In addition, the February 2014 statistics indicate the following for all the HIV/AIDS cases in Florida: 43% of cases were men having sex with men (MSM); 34% of cases were heterosexual which is slightly higher than last year; cases by race: Whites 29%, Blacks 48% and Hispanic 21%.
It is important to know that every nine and a half minutes another person in the United States becomes infected with HIV.  HIV/AIDS knows no boundaries; it affects all of us, regardless of our race, gender, or income. That is why it is important to “Take the Test, Take Control”.
In addition to the free rapid 20-minute testing offered at the event, the Florida Department of Health in Lake County can perform a mouth swab to test for HIV, which will be sent to the state laboratory. Results are available in approximately 3 weeks. For more information, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s Disease Control Program office at 352-771-5547