Published: Dec 01, 2010 12:24 PM EST
Updated: Dec 01, 2010 9:24 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla.-World Aids Day is meant for raising awareness and forwarding the fight against aids around the world. In Southwest Florida, some are marking the day by getting tested and many clinics are helping by offering free HIV/AIDS tests.

An estimated 56,300 Americans are newly infected with HIV every year. In Florida alone, approximately 100,000 people live with HIV and a quarter of them don't even know it.

In Collier county -- the impact has been felt -- with nearly 1400 people infected. And 55 new cases in Collier county just last year. The CDC recommends everyone ages 14 to 64 should take an HIV test at least once a year. Taking the step could be the first step in taking responsibility for your health -- and the health of others. To help in prevention, the Aids Network of Collier County is offering free testing at several sites.

CHARLOTTE COUNTY:

Health department in Charlotte County from 8:00AM - 11:00 AM and 1:00 - 4:00PM and no appointment is necessary.

 

For additional information about HIV/AIDS and the clinic locations where you can get tested please visit the Charlotte County Health Department Web site at www.charlottechd.com.

COLLIER COUNTY:

FREE HIV Testing: Marion E. Fether Medical Center--1pm - 4pm

FREE Rapid HIV Testing: Collier County Health Dept.- Immokalee--8am - 4pm

FREE Rapid HIV Testing: Collier County Health Dept.- Naples--10am - 3pm

FREE Rapid HIV Testing: Edison State College - Naples---10am - 1pm

FREE HIV Testing: Planned Parenthood - Naples---9am - 4pm

FREE HIV Testing: Project Help--8am - 4pm

LEE COUNTY:

FREE HIV Testing All Souls Church 14640 North Cleveland Avenue North Fort Myers -- 9:30 - 11:30 AM