Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, which started more than 20 years ago as a unified effort to raise awareness about the deadly disease. And, raising awareness about AIDS is especially important for Baton Rouge.
That's because we rank number one in the nation per capita for AIDS cases. It's hard to believe that per capita, Baton Rouge is higher than anywhere else in the country. The research shows 33 out of every 100,000 people in our area are newly diagnosed with AIDS.
Experts say the most important thing in preventing the spread of AIDS is to get tested. Visit hivtest.org and you can enter your zip code to receive a list of testing sites, including those that offer free tests.