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Anonymous testing highlighted on World Aids Day

About 3,000 of the world’s 34 million HIV positive people live in Finland. Aids victims were remembered with candlelight vigils in different parts of the country.

Image: Yle

A number of different events commemorating World Aids Day took place across Finland Saturday. In Helsinki, the public was treated to a free concert at the Tavastia club hosted by presenters from Yle’s youth radio station YleX.

Also in Helsinki candles were lit on the stairs of the Parliament building in memory of those who had died from Aids, while a devotional moment was held in the nearby Chapel of Silence in Kamppi.

Other events in observance of World Aids Day took place in Turku, Lahti, Pori, Joensuu, Kuopio, Rovaniemi and Maarianhamina. Meanwhile candlelight vigils and condom distribution campaigns were planned in other areas.

According to the organisations that comprise the World Aids Day committee, Finns often decide to get tested for HIV infection when it’s too late. As a result, the committee is highlighting the need for improved anonymous testing.

Currently there are more than 34 million HIV positive people in the world, of whom 2.5 million are children. The majority of those living with HIV are from South Africa and Asia.

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