ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. People around the world will honor those who have died from the disease as others continue fighting to stomp it out.
Inside the Missouri History Museum and at several other locations, they're offering free HIV screenings as St. Louis City and County team up to fight the disease. It's an important issue because St. Louis has been named the STD capital of the country several times.
A report from the CDC shows St. Louis City tops the list for several STDs per capita. But historically it's even believed one of the first cases of HIV, before scientists knew what the virus was, happened in St. Louis in the 1960s.
AIDS, the disease that develops if HIV is not treated, began rapidly claiming lives in the 80's. Since then, it's killed 35 million people.
But today there is hope.
Thanks to medicine, HIV positive people who get treated are living just as long as everyone else with very little chance of spreading the virus. That's why testing is so important.
Today three locations in the city and county are doing free screenings.
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
North Central Community Health Center
4000 Jennings Station Rd, Pine Lawn
11:00 a.m. - 5p.m.
Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd
12:00 p.m. - 5 p.m.
William and Associates Rustin`s Place Location
1114 North Sarah