York city is offering several programs in December as part of World AIDS Day, an event that promotes awareness and increased access to treatment of the disease.
The York City Bureau of Health is planning three events as part of the "Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths" international campaign, according to a release from the city.
The theme, running through 2015, draws attention to assist people living with AIDS, the release states.
"Providing resources for HIV/AIDS awareness is an important component to prevention and intervention services that can strongly impact the wellbeing of our community," Mayor Kim Bracey said in the release.
World AIDS Day is celebrated each Dec. 1 to remember those who died of the disease, and to celebrate better access to prevention services.
"All too often new HIV positives are unaware that they were infected or at-risk," said Linda Otero, with the city's bureau of health. "By knowing one's HIV status, individuals can be connected to local treatment and service options to help them live a quality life."
World AIDS Day events around York
-- Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, the HIV Ministry at Shiloh Baptist Church, 740 W. Locust St., will conduct HIV testing and counseling
-- 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5, the York City Health Bureau and York College will be holding HIV/STD testing, for students only, in the Iosue Student Union Building at the college
-- 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, Planned Parenthood of Central PA will be at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., to distribute information about HIV/AIDS and local services.