The City of El Paso Department of Public Health invites El Paso residents to commemorate World AIDS Day with a short film festival bringing more awareness of the disease.

The HIV Prevention program is hosting a free short film festival today Friday, December 1 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The  “One Community, Una Comunidad,” film will be showcased at the Foundation Room in downtown El Paso located at 333 N. Oregon St. The film festival will showcase local artists and feature works that highlight HIV stigma, those living with HIV, and celebrate the lives of those lost to HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day serves as a reminder that AIDS and HIV remains an epidemic globally. According to the El Paso Department of Public Health nearly 87,000 people in 2016 were known to be living with HIV in Texas and an estimated 39,500 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in seven individuals living with HIV do not know their status and some 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV every year.

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, call 2-1-1 or visit EPHealth.com.