25th World AIDS Day Rally Held Sunday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Some health care organizations are using the 25th World AIDS Day as a launch point for a month-long offer of free HIV and AIDS testing.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported Monday, about 1.5 million Americans are living with HIV. Many of those infected are young people, according to Jessica Totino of Long Island Association for AIDS Care.

“It’s growing the most high amongst the youth of 13-24, so our children essentially,” Totino said.

For the month of December, the Long Island Association for AIDS Care along with other health care organizations will offer free, confidential AIDS and HIV testing.

“The virus is something that is with you forever, there is still no cure,” Totino emphasized.

On Sunday, activists rallied in Times Square to commemorate the 25th World AIDS Day.

The AIDS advocacy group Housing Works and an anticipated crowd of nearly 1,000 from the city’s HIV/AIDS community gathered for the event, with a message that it is time to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State.

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