In recognition as Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 is World AIDS Day, the Mecklenburg County HIV/AIDS Task Force will mark the day with a special display, called Sole to Soul, in the plaza of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The display is made up of shoes to recognize each new case of HIV disease in Mecklenburg County in 2010. This encourages people to think about how they can educate others about HIV Disease by imagining walking a mile in another person’s shoes.
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According to recent statistics:
- The HIV/AIDS global impact has resulted in an estimated 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS with 25 million dying worldwide. It is estimated that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and yet one out of five are not aware of their status.
- In North Carolina, there are a reported 19,539 total AIDS cases from the beginning of the epidemic and North Carolina has ranked 12th highest among the 50 states in cumulative reported AIDS cases.
- HIV/AIDS continues to be a major health concern in Mecklenburg County with over 4,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and an estimated one new case each day.