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22nd annual "World Aids Day" observed in Monroe

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -  World Aids Day always lands on the first of December and for the 22nd year in a row, it was celebrated here in Monroe with a candlelight vigil.

Candles were lit in Forsythe Park in honor of the nearly 700 people from North East Louisiana who have died from HIV-complications.

Richard Womack, director of Go Care tells KNOE the theme of this year's day is "Getting to Zero"

"When we talk getting to zero, zero new infections, zero deaths and zero stigma. It's a very large undertaking but it is certainly something within our grasp and something we can do," said Womack.

As of October 31st, there were more than 18,000 people living with HIV/AIDs in Louisiana.

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