Lubbock and countries around the world celebrate World AIDS Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/01/09

Lubbock and countries around the world celebrate World AIDS Day

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Countries around the globe marked the day Tuesday.  In Paris, the usually sparkling lights on the Eiffel Tower were turned off to call attention to the continuing fight against HIV and AIDS. The lights were turned off for five minutes, along with other monuments in the world like the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge.

According to a statement from the World Health Organization, an estimated 33.4 million people around the world are infected with the AIDS virus. Here in Lubbock, a free lecture was held at the Texas Tech Health Science Center Tuesday night to help people learn more about AIDS, followed by a candlelight vigil dedicated to all those affected by the disease.  The Texas Department of State Health Services says right now, there are more than 300 people in Lubbock County living with HIV or AIDS.

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