World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and gives us an opportunity to educate others about HIV and AIDS and how it impacts our communities. It also teaches us how we can respond with care and compassion for those living with this disease, as well as their friends and family. HIV and AIDS is present in our community and together, we can help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and create an AIDS-free generation.
Did you know?
-According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S.
-According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, there are 2100 people living with HIV in the state of Iowa and there are 96 people living with HIV in Black Hawk County.
Together we can help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and create an informed, healthy community that provides acceptance, compassion and support to our neighbors living with HIV and AIDS.
The Cedar AIDS Support System (CASS), a program of Cedar Valley Hospice, provides medical case management and care for persons living with HIV and AIDS and their families. CASS also offers many resources and programs for the communities we serve. Information on CASS is available to anyone, and anyone is able to make a referral. For more information, call 319-272-2437 or visit www.cvhospice.org