November 26, 2013
The New Mexico Department of Health along with the Southwest Action Group (SWAG) will participate in World AIDS Day outreach at the Las Cruces Farmer’s and Crafts Market, Saturday November 30th from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m at the Main Street Downtown Mall.
Information on sexually transmitted diseases as well as rapid HIV testing and counseling will be provided.
SWAG is an inter-agency collaborative composed of NM Department of Health, Alianza of NM, Families & Youth Inc, and International AIDS Empowerment that meets regularly to coordinate HIV/STD prevention efforts for Las Cruces and the southwest region of New Mexico.
As of 2012, 472 of people in southwest New Mexico are living with HIV/AIDS, with 2900 statewide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once.
World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. The first one was held in 1988.