The number of people living with HIV in Travis County surpassed 5,000 last year according to health officials. Sunday, Austinites gathered to recognize World AIDS Day (December 1) with a service at Trinity United Methodist Church on Speedway. The service was put together by The Care Communities and AIDS service organizations. It included speakers and various artists.
"Through music and speech and poems and dance, it reflects different parts of the disease and how it effects our community so hopefully we can impact a wider audience by bringing these people together," says Edgar Gierbolini with The Care Communities.
The goal of the service and similar events is to get more people talking about HIV and to raise awareness of local resources.
Monday, December 2, HIV experts will share their knowledge and experiences with community and social workers during a citywide educational event called "Austin Talks HIV." The program runs from 9a.m.- 3p.m. at the For the City Center at 500 East St. John's Ave.