Memorial held for local AIDS victims

Memorial held for local AIDS victims

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It's common for today's youth to forget about the significance of HIV/AIDS because of medical advances made over the past decade.

Still dozens of central Texans die from the disease every year. That's why activists held a vigil Sunday evening to remember local victims and remind the community that HIV/AIDS is still a disease for which there is no cure.

39 people have died in the Austin area in the past year due to AIDS. A candlelight memorial service was held at Republic Square Park in downtown Austin.

This is the 14th year Austin has held this ceremony. There were several guest speakers, music and a ceremonial bell that rang for each of the 39 victims.

Speakers told the crowd that there are approximately 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in central Texas and it's estimated that one in five people, globally, are not aware of their HIV status.

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