POSTED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 5:49pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Hundreds of people came together to celebrate World AIDS Say and to support the fight against HIV and AIDS.
A live oak tree was dedicated at the LSU Mid City Clinic this morning. The tree symbolizes the enduring dedication of LSU Health in the fight against AIDS.
Along with the dedication was a World AIDS Day fair, where people had the chance to visit various booths about health.
The theme, “Zero Takes A Community” is something that many of the patients in attendance say is a good start to fighting this disease in Baton Rouge.
"I do have great hope that we can do this - if not down to zero, then close to it”, stated Kerry Auzenne, a patient at the Mid City Clinic. “Number one – that’s a horrible list to be at the top of. If we can survive hurricanes, we can do this."
Baton Rouge ranked first in the nation for estimated AIDS case rates since 2010, and today is a day to educate the public to help fight the disease.