Central Florida and Tampa Bay recognize World AIDS Day with events from coast to coast

By : Jeremy Williams
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World AIDS Day is the first ever global health day and has taken place every Dec. 1 since 1988. It is a day which the entire planet comes together to remember the nearly 40 million lives lost to the virus, but also to acknowledge those still living with the disease today and to celebrate the advances made in fighting HIV/AIDS.

From candlelight vigils to luncheons and HIV testing sights, several groups and organizations have events throughout Central Florida and the Tampa Bay area for you whether you want to pay your respects or know your status.

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Community AIDS Network to honor National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By : Krista Di Tucci
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SARASOTA – Mikey Lamb, Community AIDS Network’s (CAN) Prevention Specialist, says last year’s national statistics show the highest cases of HIV/AIDS are among black men who have sex with men. Furthermore, he says men who have sex with men but don’t identify as gay are 50 percent more likely to contract HIV/AIDS in their lifetime. The second highest HIV/AIDS cases are among black heterosexual women.

“I think a lot of it boils down to people of colors’ lack of resources, as well as culture and geographic setting,” Lamb says. “Being a man that sleeps with another man is not generally accepted well in a black household.”

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