by Krystal Paco
Guam - Mark your calendars. This Sunday is World AIDS Day - a day to commemorate those who have passed from the sexually transmitted disease, those who continue to survive, and those who show their support for people living with HIV.
Here at home, WestCare Pacific Island's project coordinator Kelly Jensen says it's about educating the island's youth in order to create an HIV-free generation. "We've identified that there's some presumptions because people aren't dying that it's not significant thing to worry about. Nationally, 40% of new cases impact youth 13-29 - on Guam that number is 30%. So we're just a little bit lower than the national average right now," said Jensen.
Residents will be celebrating with a morning mass at the Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao at 8 a.m. followed by an outreach and display at the Guam Premier Outlets.
The day will close with a candlelight vigil at the WestCare offices in Tamuning from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.