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Tulsa organizations fighting AIDS on World AIDS Day

Posted at 11:24 AM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 12:33:08-05

TULSA, Okla. — December 1st is the 32nd annual World AIDS Day.

It’s a day created to honor lives lost to the deadly virus and to renew efforts to fight the spread of the disease.

READ MORE: World AIDS day brings awareness to global epidemic

AIDS is a life-threatening condition caused by HIV. The HIV virus attacks the immune system of the patient and reduces its resistance to other diseases.

The World Health Organization said they hope some of the lessons from the coronavirus pandemic can be applied to the HIV/AIDS epidemic to help “accelerate progress towards our new 2025 targets and … ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.”

In Tulsa, local organizations and churches are commemorating the day with added testing and vigils for those lost to the disease.

Tulsa area resources:

Health Outreach Prevention and Education: H.O.P.E. provides HIV and STD testing in Tulsa and surrounding communities. It started over 20 years ago at its clinic and through a variety of targeted outreach sites.

Tulsa CARES: Founded in 1991 as a community response to the growing need for coordinated HIV/AIDS care. Tulsa CARES provides a compassionate response to the HIV epidemic as HIV infection has evolved from a fatal illness to a chronically managed disease.

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