World AIDS Day Raises Awareness and Urges Prevention of Disease



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- December 1st is World AIDS Day.This day is meant to spread awareness about the current status of the HIV and AIDS pandemic and current treatments and research going into the disease. Advancements have been made since the disease started to spread in the 1980’s to improve the survival rate.

One local organization, Cempa Community Care, provides medical care for many illnesses, but got its start fighting exclusively HIV and AIDS.

Dr. Jay Sizemore, the chief medical officer at Cempa Community Care, said of the progress in fighting the disease that, “Over the four decades this epidemic, I think it is under recognized how well folks do if they’re compliant with their medications. Just the fact that 50% of individuals living with HIV are over 50 tells you something.”

HIV testing is free and you can do it at either Cempa’s office on Third Street or request an at-home testing kit.

There was also free HIV testing at the Whitfield County Health Department’s Adult Health Clinic at 800 Professional Boulevard in Dalton earlier today.

For more information on Cempa’s services, visit or call them 423-265-2273.

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