The Delaware’s Division of Public Health is asking all Delawareans to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS and, as part of the world community, observe the 24th annual World AIDS Day Dec. 1.


The Delaware’s Division of Public Health is asking all Delawareans to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS and, as part of the world community, observe the 24th annual World AIDS Day Dec. 1.

Delaware has more than 3,600 people battling this disease, with two-thirds of that population being African Americans. Long-term and steady efforts by DPH and its partners continue to educate, treat and prevent HIV/AIDS. However, new cases among young homosexual and bisexual men ages 15 to 29 have risen from 15 cases in 2001 to 31 cases in 2010.

“Now more than ever it is important that people get tested if they are at risk of being infected,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. “This is because people who test positive can be treated and treatment is prevention. The drugs that are available today often reduce the levels of virus in the blood to such low levels that they are unlikely to infect others.”

If you have HIV and are not getting treatment, call the Delaware HIV Consortium at (302) 654-5471. To find a testing center and a counselor in your area, visit www.hivtest.org.

World Aids Day events scheduled statewide today include:

NEW CASTLE COUNTY

AIDS Delaware will sponsor a cabaret that celebrates life through music at 7 p.m. at Opera Delaware, 4 South Poplar St. Wilmington. Call Michelle at (302) 652-6776.

Beautiful Gate Outreach Center, 604 N. Walnut St., Wilmington, will host a free, rapid HIV antibody testing with same day results from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Valid photo ID is required. Free blood pressure and glucose screening is also offered. Call Suzanne Tait at (302) 472-3002 or go to www.Bgate.org.

Latin American Community Center will host “Entre Nos … Religion, Sexual Morality and HIV” from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Waterfall Banquet and Conference Center, 3416 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont. The speaker will address how religious beliefs and relationship dynamics can influence HIV infection. An individual affected and infected with HIV/AIDS will make a personal testimony. Call Marco Ramos at (302) 655-7338 ext. 7721.

KENT COUNTY

Kent/Sussex Counseling Services will host a guest speaker, reading of the names of those who have passed, and a music soloist at 6 p.m. at John Wesley Church, 217 W. Division St., Dover. Refreshments will be served after the event. Call Constance Johnson at (302) 382-7284.

SUSSEX COUNTY

CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, will host a Service of Remembrance and Hope at 4:30 p.m. The event begins at Camp Rehoboth with a reception for the World AIDS Day Art Exhibit, followed by a gathering for a candlelight walk leading to All Saint’s Church on Olive Avenue for a remembrance service and light supper at 7:45 p.m. Call (302) 227-5620.

La Red Health Center will present information on HIV and STDs on the Circle in Georgetown from noon to 6 p.m. A moment of remembrance along with lighting of the candles and reading of the names of those who have passed will take place from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Call Angel Rivera at (302) 236-0514.

Kent/Sussex Counseling Service will host a candlelight vigil including a guest speaker, praise team performance and reading of the names of those who have passed at 6 p.m. at Grace Tabernacle of Deliverance Church, 136 Brooklyn Ave., Laurel. Refreshments will be served after the event. Call Haley Truitt at (302) 387-5495.