COLUMBIA, S.C. – World AIDS Day events are being observed throughout South Carolina, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.
“Nearly 15,000 people are known to be living with HIV/AIDS in South Carolina and DHEC estimates that one new HIV infection occurs in the state every nine hours,” said Janet Tapp, director of DHEC’s STD/HIV Division. “Every county in the state has residents living with HIV, but many South Carolinians remain unaware of their HIV status because they have not received an HIV test.”
According to Tapp, DHEC encourages public health and private partnerships throughout S.C. to promote community support for HIV testing, prevention, care and treatment.
“We continue to partner closely with community-based organizations to deliver services to those most in need,” Tapp said. “We are also wo