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December 1 Marks 26th "World AIDS Day "

The Town of Greenwich raises awareness with free testing and counseling

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Greenwich, CT | Added on December 01, 2014 At 02:29 PM

December 1st marks the 26th World AIDS Day. This is a day marked by the World Health Organization to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and to mourn those who have died of the disease.

"The challenge in this country is that we believe a number of folks, abut 200,000, don't know they have the virus, so we are encouraging people to get tested. The idea is if they get tested and they know their status, they can take steps to remain healthy and not pass it on to anyone else," said Tom Mahoney, the Director of the Office of Special Services for the Town of Greenwich. 

The Town of Greenwich is helping to raise awareness through free testing at the Health Department at Town Hall. 

"This is a collaborative effort with Greenwich Hospital. They provide us with a nurse practitioner or a physician. We operate Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. People can walk in. No appointments are needed. One doesn't have to be a CT or Greenwich resident to participate because the supplies provided are provided by the federal government, state government, or the hospital," said Mahoney. 

The Health Department's Office of Special Services also provides counseling, community outreach and informational forums. They work with a group of 10 Greenwich High School students called "Open Eyes" to bring awareness to the disease. 

"Their purpose is to prevent STDs, HIV, and unwanted pregnancies among their peers. They are doing a greta job with forums in school. Today, they are distributing ribbons ate both GHS and Greenwich Academy," said Mahoney. 

These students tied 25 red ribbons to the trees along Greenwich Avenue to remember the lives already lost, and draw attention to the disease so there can one day be a cure. 


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