HIV/AIDS

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This Friday is World AIDS Day, which has been observed on Dec. 1 since its inception in 1988. The '80s were the peak of the AIDS crisis and all of the stigmas and misinformation that came with it, but by the end of the decade, World AIDS Day was instituted to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and show support to those living with HIV.

A nonprofit that serves Central Florida residents with HIV and AIDS says the rates are going up.


Thousands of Floridians living with AIDS could be losing financial assistance they say is essential to living a normal life, and some AIDS groups are worried the state won't carry through on its promises.

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HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has claimed more than 35 million lives across the globe. In the US, the CDC estimates roughly 40,000 new cases of HIV infection are diagnosed annually. South Florida has some of the highest number of HIV cases per capita in the nation. That's led state health officials to pushing for regular testing for anyone under the age of 65 with free testing events this month.

It’s been about a year since a gunman killed 49 people in Orlando’s Pulse Night Club – a popular spot among members of the lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgender community. After the incident, people lined up to give blood, and gay men pushed for the right to help their friends. Twelve months later, a Food and Drug administration rule preventing sexually active gay men from giving blood still stands.

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