Events held around the world Saturday calling attention to HIV-AIDS

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Posted on December 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — From church services to free clinics to a chat on Twitter, World Aids Day is being observed today. In Georgia, state health officials were using social media for a Twitter chat about HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment options that are available.

The city of Long Beach, Calif., was offering free HIV testing, along with community forums and film screenings to help raise awareness of the disease.

In London, Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement urging people to be tested for HIV, and voicing his hope that the stigma surrounding the disease will be dropped, making way for more patients to be treated.

The World AIDS Day 2012 observance was marked with hope in sub-Saharan Africa, as the United Nations reports that deaths there from AIDS-related causes have dropped by 32 percent over the last five years, to 1.2 million reported in 2011

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221-a-11-(Simon Callow, actor who participated in World Aids Day service, in interview)-"can prevent it"-Actor Simon Callow, who participated in a London church service on World Aids Day, says he's afraid young people are getting too casual about AIDS prevention. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (1 Dec 2012)

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222-a-12-(Paul Fleming, HIV patient, in interview)-"it probably would"-This HIV patient, Paul Fleming, says he'd probably be dead by now if he hadn't been tested for AIDS. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (1 Dec 2012)

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220-a-09-(Simon Callow, actor who participated in World Aids Day service, in interview)-"the only answer"-Actor Simon Callow, who participated in a World Aids Day service, says people need to take steps to prevent contracting HIV-AIDS. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (1 Dec 2012)

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