World AIDS Day arrives after encouraging research

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Health authorities in Illinois are marking Worlds AIDS Day on Wednesday with education and awareness-raising. AIDS remains a pandemic nearly three decades after it was discovered.

CHICAGO (AP) — Health authorities in Illinois are marking Worlds AIDS Day on Wednesday with education and awareness-raising. AIDS remains a pandemic nearly three decades after it was discovered. Activities commemorating the day include an open-to-the-public breakfast and forum at Cook County’s Provident Hospital on Chicago’s South Side. Authorities want to spread the message to "get educated, get tested, and get treated." Provident has seen a 30 percent decrease in HIV/AIDS deaths there this year. Dr. Arthur Moswin credits several factors including patients sticking with their AIDS medicines and routine medical visits. National AIDS authorities are marking the day by noting encouraging milestones in AIDS research this year. That includes the recent announcement that an anti-virus drug approved for treating HIV also helps prevent it in gay men. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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