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Los Angeles County Events Mark World AIDS Day

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — City officials want the public to commemorate World AIDS Day by getting tested for HIV/AIDS and help increase awareness of the disease.

Several events will mark the day, which was established to tackle HIV prejudice and help stop the spread of the disease.

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The city of Los Angeles will mark the day at the JW Marriott at LA Live, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa among the scheduled speakers.

Other World AIDS Day events include a health fair at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the 17th annual Noche De Las Memorias community event at The Wall-Las Memorias AIDS Monument, 3600 N. Mission Road, in Lincoln Park. Noche De Las Memorias begins at 4 p.m. and will include free HIV testing, music, prayer and the unveiling of recently added names on the memorial. A candlelight vigil will also be held at West Hollywood City Hall at 6 p.m.

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