On Wednesday, December 1, The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada will commemorate World AIDS Day.
AIDS is one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus, and Nevada ranks 18th in the nation for the number of individuals diagnosed with HIV.
The Center will hold a small gathering to increase awareness, fight stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV, and honor those who have died of HIV or AIDS-related illnesses.
The Center will offer free and confidential HIV testing at its newly dedicated Arlene Cooper Community Health Center. Significant scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, and starting treatment early means people can live a full, healthy, and productive life.
Healthcare and community partners will provide education/resources, free condoms, Medicaid enrollment, PrEP/PeP Navigation, and free giveaways like buttons, ribbons, and goodie bags.
The events happen from 10 am to 2 pm, and the clinic will be open from 9 am to 12 pm and reopen from 1 pm until 6 pm.
Designated on December 1 every year since 1988, World AIDS Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
The Center is located at 401 S. Maryland Parkway.