On Monday, Dec. 2, in support of World AIDS Day, the Harford County Health Department will offer free walk-in confidential or anonymous HIV testing at 1 N. Main Street in Bel Air, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Since 1988, World AIDS Day is observed annually on Dec. 1 by the National Centers for Disease Control along with public health partners locally and worldwide.
According to the Harford Health Department, this year's theme, "Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation," highlights the promise of new research and prevention efforts to help stop the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, also known as HIV.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, approximately 70 million people have been infected with HIV and more than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history, the health department notes in a news release.
"World AIDS Day serves as a reminder to everyone that HIV has not gone away and that there is still a vital need to increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve HIV and AIDS education," said Harford County Health Officer Susan Kelly.
Visit AIDS.gov for information from the federal government about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment and research.
Visit http://www.harfordcountyhealth.com or call 410-638-3060 for more information about Harford County Health Department services and resources.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun