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World AIDS Day in Iowa City

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Countries around the globe marked World AIDS Day Tuesday.

Activists say they want to draw attention to the fact that the fight against HIV and AIDS is far from over.

The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says researchers are closer than ever to having a vaccine.

In Iowa City, red ribbons could be seen on the west side of the Old Capitol Building.

Free blood tests were being offered at the Iowa City Public Library.  It took 20 minutes to get checked out. 

"People are getting infected every day. People are dying every day from HIV and AIDS so being able to know your own status and protecting yourself if you are positive and even knowing your own status is a good thing," ICARE program coordinator Kurt Pierick said.

This is the second year free testing has been offered.  It's put on by ICARE and the Johnson County Public Health Department.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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