CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - More than 15,000 people in South Carolina are living with HIV/Aids. The State Health Department is urging people to know their status.
Lowcountry Aids Services is offering free testing from Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day.
Their office is on Meeting Street road near the Dorchester Road intersection.
Also on Monday, President Barack Obama announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV.
Obama says his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies. He said the United States should be at the forefront of discoveries to eliminate HIV or put it into remission without requiring lifelong therapy.
Obama made the announcement Monday at a White House event marking World AIDS Day, which was Sunday.
The president also announced that the U.S. passed the ambitious goal he set last year to support 6 million people around the globe in getting access to anti-retroviral drugs. Obama said the U.S. helped 6.7 million people receive life-saving treatment.