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World AIDS Day red ribbon World AIDS Day is designed to increase awareness, education and fight prejudice about HIV and AIDS. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away and that there are many things still to be done.

In collaboration with the East Hawaiʻi Coalition of HIV/AIDS, this event helps to raise awareness for HIV through education and testing for UH Hilo students, faculty, staff, and community members.

According to UNAIDS estimates, 39.5 million people now live with HIV, including 2.3 million children. During 2006, some 4.3 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around 95 percent of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations, but HIV today is a threat to men, women, and children on all continents around the world. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

On the first of December, an information table in the Campus Center Plaza distributes HIV and AIDs pamphlets. Condoms are also given out to students passing by to encourage them to practice safer sex.

The UH Hilo Student Health Services offers anonymous, free HIV testing. Testing is simple and non-invasive, just an oral swab. Results are usually ready within 10 working days. For more information on HIV or STD testing, visit the Student Medical Services website or call (808) 932-7369.