Science & Medicine
12:42 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Local Groups Raise Awareness on World Aids Day

Local organizations are hosting events to raise awareness about AIDS.

Thursday is World AIDS Day and groups such as Planned Parenthood of Indiana are getting involved to try to combat the disease.

President Betty Cockrum says the virus is spreading throughout of state.

"There are more than 10,000 Hoosiers who are affected and we are seeing that number starting to rise. That is a very unfortunate trend that needs to be sent the other direction," she said.  "One concern we always have is just generally the lack of education and to some extent the lack of access to condoms. That increase is born out of a lack of education."

Planned Parenthood is offering half-off testing through December 8th.

Cockrum says a lack of education and access to protection exacerbates the problem.

The United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS estimates more than 33-million people around the world are HIV positive.

Purdue is also getting involved.  The university’s Black Cultural Center is holding events throughout the day including information tables and guest speakers.