Dec 1, 2010 6:07 PM by David Ortiviz

Schools raise awareness on World AIDS Day

Today people in Southern Colorado and around the world are holding events to mark World AIDS Day.

At Pueblo Community College, health workers educated students about the prevention of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. They also offered free HIV testing.

Here in Colorado, an estimated 11,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. "The treatment of HIV is currently going very well," said Dr. Steven Johnson, a professor at the University of Colorado. "There are actually 23 different medications that we can use to fight HIV so that many people living with HIV have the potential to live a normal lifespan," he added.

In honor of World AIDS Day a candlelight vigil and presentation will be held at PCC at 6 p.m. at the academic building.

In Colorado Springs, there will be an observance at Pine Creek High School at 7 p.m.


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