A summit was held in Gadsden County to update residents on the status of HIV and AIDS in the county.
Residents throughout the county gathered for workshops and to become informed on the disease. The Florida Department of Health reports Florida is number three in the nation for reported HIV and AIDS cases, behind New York and California.
It's reported that Gadsden County has close to 250 cases of AIDS and HIV, but local health officials say more people are getting tested.
"The stigma prevents individuals, sometime, from seeking testing. We believe the approach for treating HIV and AIDS patients in a holistic approach that involves not only medical staff, but also the family, community and churches," says Pete Starling with the Centers for Disease Control.
A national HIV and AIDS testing day will be held next Tuesday, June 27 at the Quincy Courthouse.