World AIDS Day aims to break down stigma, spread awareness - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

World AIDS Day aims to break down stigma, spread awareness

(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Dec. 1, is designated as World AIDS Day - a day dedicated to raising awareness on the AIDS pandemic, the spread of HIV infection, and remembering those who have died from the disease. 

Barbara Miller, the Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council's (SLAC) Director of Community Development and Outreach, explained that there are only a few ways the HIV virus can be passed on - through blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and even breast milk, if a mother is not treated.

Miller said she wants to take World AIDS Day as an opportunity to let the community know that SLAC is here for whoever needs them and there is treatment available to make life easier. Miller added she has noticed a positive change in the community's support but there's still work to be done.

"We certainly still have a long way to go, but I do think it's better; we do have more support in the community. We would like full support in the community because this is something that affects all of us. This is not a gay disease, it affects everyone, including children," she said.

SLAC hosted a free event at Warren Methodist Church for those who wanted to know more about HIV and AIDS.

For more information on the event click HERE

To learn more about SLAC, click HERE and to learn more about World AIDS Day, click HERE.

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