SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - December 1st is World AIDS Day, and many in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry communities took part in HIV-AIDS education and awareness programs.
Following a candlelight vigil in Forsyth Park, remembering those who died from the disease, members of My Brothaz Home and Delta Sigma Theda sorority took part in a Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise program at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Savannah.
The program included free, rapid result HIV testing. Director Mark Douglas tells WTOC Savannah is now the number two city in Georgia, behind Atlanta, in HIV-AIDS cases.
"We are testing more people than ever before, but we have more cases than ever before so prevention education is more important than ever before," Douglas said.
The HIV-AIDS program was funded by the HIV section, Kaiser Permanente and the City of Savannah.
For more information on how you can get an HIV test, contact My Brothaz Home at (912) 231-8727 or visit their website at www.mybrothazhome.org.