The Shelby County Health Department is getting an early start on World Aids Day.
They teamed up with Shelby County Schools to host an education program and awards ceremony Friday afternoon at Westwood High School.
The Shelby County Health Director was there to help recognize local businesses for consistently exhibiting a strong desire to support HIV care.
“This kind of event is very important for our teens, as teens are making very important decisions about their livelihood right now between the 9th and 10th grade,” says Westwood principal Julia Callaway. “We know we can teach them about choice-making, making those choices very positive, that they can be empowered to have a more quality life.”
As of last year, more than 6,600 people are living with HIV and/or AIDS in Shelby County.