Communities observe the day to raise awareness that HIV and AIDS affect people from all demographics, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
Many Kansas organizations will offer HIV testing events.
The Ellis County Health Department will not have any special promotion.
“Most of (the national) criteria doesn’t mesh well with the demographics of the county, ” says Ellis County Health Administrator Butch Schlyer.
HIV tests are available at the Ellis County Health Department by making an appointment.
In 2010, there were a total of 2,750 people in Kansas living with HIV/AIDS, according to Brenda Walker, Director, KDHE’s Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention.