HIV/AIDS awareness event held at Mason Square Library in Springfield

Hampden County

Springfield Thursday observed National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The Mason Square Library became a hub of AIDS awareness education including testing for the infection.

The AIDS awareness division of the New North Citizens Council holds the event to stress how to prevent as well as treat HIV/AIDS.

“People in communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the infection,” said Richard Johnson, New North Citizens Council program director. “We really want to make sure that folks are aware of the fact that it’s 100 percent preventable, but in the event, you don’t know your status, you can learn your status by being tested.”

Each year Mason Square residents form a human chain to mourn the loss of friends and loved ones they lost to HIV/AIDS over the years.

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