Locals raise awareness for World AIDS Day

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Darren Mason of Utica has been living with HIV and AIDS for the past 21 years.

He's the only one of his group of friends still alive because of the terrible virus.

On Monday, he spoke at the Cornerstone Community Church in Utica to raise awareness about prevention and to inspire those living with it to have a positive outlook on life.

"We're out there and we're trying to get the word out to the people of color in our churches and in our community. It has to be addressed. They're being diagnosed younger and younger in our community and it's so sad," said Mason.

The event was hosted by Access Care and Resources for Health in Utica.

World AIDS Day was Dec. 1.

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