World AIDS Day was adopted by 140 countries in 1988 as a means to increase awareness and demonstrate solidarity in the fight against AIDS.
More than one million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One in eight is unaware of their infection.
The CDC recommends that voluntary HIV testing become routine for patients between the ages of 13 and 64. The test is $25 and is available at the Sexual Health Clinic at 280 South Decatur Boulevard from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Free testing is also available at the following locations:
The Southern Nevada Health District is offering free HIV testing on Dec. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Center on 401 South Maryland Parkway. Testing will also be available on the fist Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
First Friday is partnering with Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada and Golden Rainbow to provide SDHD HIV rapid testing and prevention education. Testing is available during First Friday on Dec. 2 at Mingo's patio.
The Las Vegas valley is also hosting several events in honor of World AIDS Day:
A Remembrance and Celebration begins at The Center at 6 p.m. and includes guest speakers followed by a candlelight vigil walk that concludes at the PublicUs restaurant on Fremont Street.
The Center will also display the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt from Dec. 5-22.
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) is partnering with several casinos and landmarks across the valley on Dec. 1 to honor those who have passed away from HIV and AIDS. The following locations will turn their marquees red in solidarity:
- The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
- The canopy at Fremont Street
- Caesars Palace
- The LINQ
- High Roller
- The Cromwell
- Planet Hollywood
- The Rio
- The Venetian and The Palazzo,
- Keep Memory Alive Event Center
- Plaza Hotel & Casino
- Miracle Mile Shops
- The Cosmopolitan
- Las Vegas City Hall
- MEET Las Vegas
- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
- All Station Casino properties