Saturday, December 1st, is World AIDS Day and officials with a health care provider in our area held a special event today to raise awareness for the disease.
On Friday, November 30th, AtlantiCare officials held their annual World AIDS Day ceremony to honor individuals who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS, and those living with the disease.
The ceremony marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day.
Officials say the goal of the event is to educate the community so they take the proper steps to protect themselves.
"The HIV virus has not been eradicated," says Sandra Dietrich, assistant VP of nursing, AtlantiCare. "We still have a significant problem across the world with HIV, and so it's important to get the education out and particularly to focus with our youth so that they can get protection."
During today's ceremony, AtlantiCare officials also recognized the winners and participants of their World AIDS Day poster contest.
The contest, which was held in collaboration with Atlantic City High School, engaged students in increasing awareness about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV and AIDS in hopes of eliminating stigmas and preventing discrimination for those impacted by the disease.