December 1st, is the day designated as World AIDS Day. The day is of particular importance in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, as there are more than 7,000 people infected with HIV/AIDS in the metropolitan area. The theme for this year's events was the promotion of shared responsibility. In addition to wanting citizens to come out and get tested for the illness and to gain awareness about how it affects the community, local organizations wanted to remind the citizens of Memphis, that this is not a disease that is affecting only one group of people in our society. They wanted everyone to know that it will take an effort on everyone's part to eradicate this illness.
One of the organizations that is at the forefront of this fight in the Memphis, Tennessee area is Friends for Life. This organization offers education about preventing infection and staying healthy after becoming infected with HIV/AIDS. It also provides some alarming statistics about which groups have been most susceptible to getting HIV/AIDS in the Memphis and Shelby County metropolitan areas. The organization also has events planned until December 8, 2013, to celebrate the lives of Mid-Southerners who have succumbed to HIV/AIDS and what we can all do to lower our own risks of being infected. For more information on how this organization can help if you or someone you know thinks they may have HIV/AIDS, visit the Friends for Life website or the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department website.