COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCSC) - South Carolina health officials are urging residents to get tested for HIV and AIDS.
Sunday is World AIDS Day, and officials with the Department of Health and Environmental Control say the day is a good reminder to get tested.
DHEC's Janet Tapp says more than 15,000 people in South Carolina are living with HIV or AIDS.
The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "shared responsibility." Tapp says DHEC is encouraging private sector groups to work together to help identify and care for people living with the disease.
Tapp says early diagnosis can help people get the treatment and services that will help them live longer and prevent transmitting the disease to others.
There will be free HIV and AIDS testing sites here in the Lowcounty throughout the week.
Trident Technical College will host a free HIV testing on Monday, December 2 at 10a.m. until 2 p.m. at 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston.
The Lowcountry AIDS Services is also offering free testing starting Monday, December 2 until Thursday, December 5. Lowcountry AIDS Service will be open from 10 a.m. until 2p.m. each day at 3547 Meeting Street Road, Charleston.