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Health center in St. Louis raising awareness for ‘World AIDS Day’

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December 1 marks the observance of World AIDS Day. (Credit: KMOV) December 1 marks the observance of World AIDS Day. (Credit: KMOV)

ST.LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – December 1 marks the observance of World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day was created 29 years ago, in 1988, to raise awareness and understanding of the disease.

Until an effective vaccine is discovered, the best way to prevent the spread of the disease is by getting tested.

AIDS affects 1.2 million people in the United States.

According to experts, a growing problem is only one in eight of those infected are aware they have it.

Health officials at North Central Community Health Center are pushing people to get tested Friday.

“A judgment free zone. All of our staff has been trained without any judgment,” said Dr. Frederick Echols.

You can visit the Health Center in Pine Lawn on Jennings Station Rd for free testing between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit their website.

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