December 1, 2005
Worlds AIDS day is being observed around the globe, and right here in Charlottesville Thursday.
The AIDS/HIV Services Group offered free confidential testing all day.
UVA is displaying a quilt in remembrance of students who have died from aids.
Local advocates say it's a day to remind people that aids is an epidemic and that everyone should be tested regularly.
"What we need is for people to understand that HIV testing is something that we should all be aware of, that we should all do on a fairly regular basis, so that we can identify the people that are affected [and] give them the support that they need, and help people alter their behavior so that we can stop the spread of this disease," said Executive Director of ASG, Kathy Baker.
AIDS killed three million people last year alone.