This past weekend, we celebrated World AIDS Day on December 1.
This disease affects millions of people across the world, even in Iron Mountain.
According to a report that came out from the Centers for Disease Control, almost a quarter if the new HIV cases are seen in young people and more than half of them did not know they were infected.
Also according to the report, more than 12,000 new cases occurred in young people between the ages of 13 and 24 in 2010, and close to 60 percent of them did not know their HIV status.
The fact that 30 plus years into this disease, we are still seeing so many young people become infected is tragic. This number indicates more can and should be done to decrease this number.
Open discussions about the facts of HIV/AIDS transmission, parents having open and honest talks about sex education and the perils of drug use, are just some of the ways we can make a difference.
Another one of the best ways to prevent the spread of HIV is to get tested routinely. Counseling and testing is free and confidential.
On December 1st we celebrated the lives of those who are still with us and the lives of those we have lost; but most of all we are standing up against this disease. With your commitment to sex education, we can and will defeat HIV/AIDS.
To set up an appointment for testing, call your local Health Department. at 906-774-1868 or the local AIDS hotline 906-282-8014.