BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An open house commemorating World AIDS Day will be held Thursday to promote the theme of "Getting to Zero."
The AIDS Advisory Board, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance and community-based organizations are hosting a World AIDS Day open house.
World AIDS Day is a time of remembrance that HIV has not gone away.
It is a disease of all ages, all genders, and all races.
There are 50,000 new cases of HIV diagnosed in the US every year and 1 of every 5 don't know they have HIV/AIDS.
In Kern County, between 1981-2011, over 2,000 cases of HIV and AIDS have been reported. 767 individuals in the county have died of the disease, as well.
World AIDS Day is about getting to zero. Organizers encourage the concept of getting zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination towards those infected, and zero AIDS related deaths.
The open house is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance building located at 615 California Avenue.