Saturday, December 1, 2018, will mark the 30th anniversary of the observance of World AIDS Day. Started in 1988, WAD is an international observance dedicated to raising the awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.
It is estimated up to 41.5 million people have died of AIDS worldwide since it was identified. There are estimated to be 36.7 million people living with HIV today.
Once a fatal diagnosis, there are now treatments which do not cure, but halt the progression of AIDS. Infected individuals can, with treatment, live normal, healthy lives. When treatment results in undetectable levels of HIV in an infected person, transmission of the virus to another person is considered not possible. “Undetectable=Untransmittable”
Along with safer sex practices, there is now a medical treatment to prevent an uninfected person from becoming infected with HIV. Called PrEP, it is medication that can block infection when taken as directed.
For current information locally, and referral to sources of treatment, prevention, and support, contact The Source LGBT+ Center on the web, or on Facebook. Office hours at the drop in center are Tuesday through Friday, 3 pm till 6 pm. The center is located at 208 W. Main St, Suite B, Visalia. (downstairs in the Montgomery Square) 559-429-4277