Raising awareness of HIV and AIDS spread

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Folks gathered in downtown Knoxville today to raise awareness of the spread of HIV and AIDS as part of World AIDS Day.

The group gathered at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for prayer and fellowship before taking part in a faith walk.

Donations were also accepted to help with future events.

This marks the 25th year folks across the country have paused to remember the victims and renew efforts to end it.

"There is a negative feeling towards people who have HIV or AIDS at times as well as people have a negative feeling towards themselves when their status or diagnoses is known," said Pastor John Butler of AME Zion Church.

There are several other events to commemorate World AIDS Day.

On Saturday night at 7:00, there will be a program where Health Department spokeswoman Dr. Martha Buchanan will speak. That will take place at the Holiday Inn at World's Fair Park

Tomorrow at 10:00, the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, on Kingston Pike with have an HIV, AIDS & Faith dialogue.

On Wednesday, the Carousel Two, on White Avenue, will have free, confidential HIV testing. That starts at 10:00 pm and goes until midnight.

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