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'It is 100 per cent preventable:' World AIDS Day gathering held Regina

'It is 100 per cent preventable:' World AIDS Day gathering held Regina

In those early days, little was known about AIDS.

Since that CDC report was published, the disease has claimed 35 million lives, according to the the World Health Organization. "One is PrEP, a pre-exposure prophylaxis which is a pill taken by people who are HIV negative to regulate and reduce HIV if they're at risk".

Results for 2,709 candidates were cancelled previous year.

One of the organizers, the Rev. Charles H. Coleman, of New Faith Temple COGIC, also asked residents in attendance to embrace those inflicted with the disease and to educate themselves about AIDS and HIV.

CDC said Tuesday that 54% of people who inject drugs (PWID) reported in 2015 they used a syringe services program (SSP) in the past year, up from 36% a decade ago.

Worldwide, that number jumps to 40 percent, according to the WHO.

And, it wasn't until public figures like Magic Johnson announced they had HIV, that it really started to open the conversation.

"There's so much stigma", Gaddist said, "people are afraid to get tested".

"We have powerful tools to prevent the spread of HIV", said Dr. Nicholas Vogenthaler, an HIV physician at Hennepin County Medical Center and clinical director of the county's Red Door clinic.

"We have so many people who don't feel like they're at risk for HIV, they're not going in to get tested because they think that's not me, I'm not doing those kinds of things", Grace said.

In the US, gay and bisexual men of color are at increased risk of contracting HIV. However, there is still a long way to go in the fight against the disease.

"There's no reason for any baby to be born HIV positive".

A candlelight vigil was also held as a part of the World AIDS Day events at FAMU. "Every two minutes, another adolescent - most likely a girl - will be infected with HIV".

He says a collaborative effort is needed to overcome these challenges.

OR state health authorities announced a plan Wednesday to end HIV transmission that relies on increased testing, prevention and treatment.