To raise awareness of World AIDS Day on December 1st, AIDS Free Pittsburgh (AFP), an initiative comprised of government agencies, healthcare institutions, and community-based organizations, has released a video featuring prominent Pittsburgh citizens being tested for HIV to support its mission to eliminate new AIDS diagnoses in Allegheny County and reduce new HIV infections by 75% by 2020.
You can also find the video here: http://aidsfreepittsburgh.org/hiv_testing.php#world-aids-day
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports that there are 2,830 people living with HIV in Allegheny County. And Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the United States 1 in 8 Americans who are HIV-positive do not know their status. Testing helps reduce the transmission of HIV. Early diagnosis allows those infected to take steps to protect their partners from infection, and early treatment can lower viral load, and reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. And, for people who do not have HIV, testing is just as critical because this information can help link them with important prevention services so they can remain HIV-free.
The AFP World AIDS Day video features:
- Facts on the climate of HIV infection in southwestern Pennsylvania
- A trip to a health center to show the ease of HIV testing
- Several prominent Pittsburghers promoting and/or being tested for HIV, including Mayor Bill Peduto, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Actress Tamara Tunie, Performer Alaska 5000, and Artist Vanessa German
AFP was officially launched on December 1, 2015 to support and improve the care of people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as those who are HIV-vulnerable. AFP does not provide services directly, but rather works to raise awareness and build collaboration among community stakeholders.
Learn more about AIDS Free Pittsburgh: www.aidsfreepittsburgh.org