‘Ending the HIV epidemic’: Friday is World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1

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Remembering people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses: That was the goal of an event held by Trillium Health on Thursday night.

Friday, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. It’s a day set aside to show support for people living with HIV and to raise awareness to help prevent new infections.

Trillium Health held a fundraiser at Native Rochester Eatery and Bar.

Organizers say it’s all about the search for a cure.

“We start people on treatment earlier; we have ways of telling if the drugs are working, if they’re effective; we have ways of preventing HIV with either pills once a day or an injection every other month. And we’re working toward what we call ending the HIV epidemic,” said Dr. William Valenti, co-founder of Trillium Health.

World AIDS Day started in 1988.