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World AIDS Day commemorated today
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Amethyst Project Inc. will commemorate World AIDS with a display on the courthouse lawn as well as other local events as they participate in the global event.
    The goal of the day is to educate people about prevent, Amethyst Director Deb Blackburn said.
    "AIDS is a worldwide problem bit it's also a problem right here in our own community," she said. "The only way to stop it is to prevent it and education and protection are the best weapons."
    Breaking down the stigma associated with the disease is also one of the goals for Amethyst Project.
    "It's not a disease of just cities, gay men or drug users," Blackburn said. "It affects everyone and the rural South is one of the fastest growing regions of new AIDS cases."
    In the United States, one million people are currently living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Approximately 40,000 people are infected each year, with half of those being people under the age of 26. Around the world, more than 39.5 million people are living with HIV, including 2.3 million children.
    In addition to the display at the courthouse, there will be an information booth at First Friday in Downtown Statesboro and a canned food drive.
    For more information about Amethyst Project, call (912) 764-6923.
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