FAMU students host vigil ahead of World AIDS Day

Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 30, 2017

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TALLAHASSEE Fla. (WCTV) -- On December 1, 2017, millions of people across America will be out in full force showing support for World Aids Day.

Students at Florida A&M University did their part Thursday night to raise awareness and erase the stigma surrounding AIDS.

This is the 13th year for the annual event. Organizers say it’s a chance to remember those who have died, celebrate those who continue their fight and remind students the importance of knowing their status.

"It’s very empowering, because they are the future of the world and they are our next generation," said Maria Okeke.

Mikail Trigg, a student at FAMU, said about the vigil, "It's an anti-stigma. It shows that everybody that you would be think would be judging you isn’t. When you see all of these regular people at the same event, it gives a sense of understanding that clearly somewhere along the lines we're on the same page."

In honor of World Aids Day, there will be free testing on Friday, December 1 on FAMU’s campus, provided by the neighborhood medical center.

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