By: Bailey Myers
December 1st, 2013
Tallahassee FL- Millions of people around the world are living with HIV. Sunday local organizations worked to spread awareness during World AIDS Day.
According to Care, a HIV and AIDS research organization reports Florida ranks 3rd in the nation in the number of persons living with AIDS. Around 125,000 people carry the HIV infection and are living in the state.
"What we are trying to teach you today is that you don't have to get it," explained Melvena Wilson the Director of Care.
As part of World AIDS day, organizations like Care and Life Sciences of Washington have come together in Tallahassee to meet with the community Sunday.
Wilson said, "A lot of people- it sounds cliche, but they really don't know that HIV is preventable through simple actions and so we want to make sure they understand that they don't have to get infected."
She later explained, "If they are going to be sexually active before they start we recommend getting tested. So we can educate them about condoms we can educate them about other STD's and hopefully keep them safe."
Sunday wasn't just about educating people about how to prevent HIV, it was also about helping the community understand what HIV is and who to turn to if you need help.
Tallahassee Resident, Minnie Ford attended the event to learn more and left saying she felt it had, "Changed our way that we think about things. Change our feeling and knowing that there is help. Knowing there are people that will support us you know medically, physically and spiritually."
Care and Life Sciences of Washington hope to make this an annual educational event.