Events Being Hosted in Conjunction with World AIDS Day on Dec. 1

World AIDS Day is observed annually on Dec. 1 as a way to unite people worldwide in the fight against AIDS and HIV.

A group at Ferris State University is hosting an event in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

Ferris’ Health Care Management Association is hosting the HCMA AIDS Awareness Skating Event on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Big Rapids Roller Rink. There is a $7 admission fee or $5 for individuals who have their own skates. Food and drink are available at the rink’s concession stand. The event benefits the AIDS Care Network in Grand Rapids. Anyone interested in more information can contact LaTara L. Steele by email at

Locally, free HIV testing will be available on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Big Rapids Planned Parenthood located at 110 Sanborn Suite B between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The free HIV testing is a one-day event with test results ready in 20 minutes. For more information, contact Rhea Morlan at (231) 796-8612 or by email at

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 50,000 people are newly infected with HIV each year in the U.S. The estimated number of persons living with an AIDS diagnosis in the U.S. and dependent areas was 490,696 at the end of 2008 according to the CDC.

To learn more about World AIDS Day, visit:

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Last updated: 03-05-2015