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2012 World AIDS Day

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AIDS Day is recognized all over the world with one common goal, to spread awareness.

In the Panhandle there are more than 70 people infected with HIV.

This year's AIDS Day theme is "Getting to Zero".

Which means aiming for zero new infections, zero new deaths and zero discrimination.

The theme is a big goal but the world has 700,000 fewer people infected than we did 10 years ago, so we're headed in the right direction.

Martin Vargas, a Volunteer for the remembrance event held in Scottsbluff says people think the disease is less prevalent but it's still important to get tested.

"It doesn't seem to be that huge death threat that it used to be, but I think it's still very important that people know what their status is and get tested."

Following guest speakers, the event had a candle lit vigil to remember those who have been taken from the disease.

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