Mid-Michigan observing World AIDS Day

Health agencies across mid-Michigan are holding events in observance of World Aids Day today.

First observed in 1988, World Aids Day pays tribute to the millions of people living with HIV AIDS and raises awareness about the global impact of this deadly virus.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services estimates just over 17,600 people are living with the deadly virus in Michigan.

One out of every eight people infected with HIV in the U.S. don't even know it. That's why the Ingham County Health Department is offering free HIV testing today.

One of the best ways to stop the spread of the disease is to get yourself tested. Ingham County has the second highest HIV prevalence rate among local health departments in the state.

The free testing goes from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Forest Community Health Center on Cedar Street in Lansing.

Everyone tested will receive a personal consultation, where they can discuss ways to reduce the risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.