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Have you been tested? World Aids Awareness Day

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According to worldaids.org there are over 36 million people globally who have the virus. Here in Great Falls the Cascade County Health Department is holding a community engagement and education event.

According to the Montana DPHHS website over 600 people live with HIV in the state

The event  provides support for those who live with HIV and remembers people who died from aids related illnesses. 
Trisha Gardner community health specialist said she hopes people will learn what is and isn't true about contracting the virus.

"The reality is most people aren't putting themselves at risk on a  daily basis. You can't acquire HIV from everyday contact hanging out with somebody who has HIV," said Gardner.

When someone contracts HIV their immune system lowers until they develop aids. At this time there is no cure but there are medications that allow people to live longer.

Times for free testing is 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the LGBTQ Center 600 Central Ave Ste 323. And 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the City- County Health Department 115 4th St S.

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