Dozens turn out for World AIDS Day event

Dozens turn out for World AIDS Day event

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - East Tennesseans joined people across the world to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS on Sunday.

About 100 people gathered at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Knoxville to mark World AIDS Day.

According to organizers, there are about 1,200 people in the Knoxville area that are living with HIV.

One of the organizers says he's been living with AIDS for about 20 years, and he has lost many friends because of the disease.

"My partner, he had AIDS at the time, then I was diagnosed shortly thereafter. He died within four months. Since then, I've had another partner and 300 hundred friends die from the disease. So this event is a rough day for me, but it's a day to remember all those who have passed away," said Larry Frampton.

Organizers say the event is about spreading awareness about the disease and to encourage people about testing options, which are free in many clinics.

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