Thursday is World AIDS Day – and ahead of the event, MCC held a program that featured a short film written by and starring students.
Rochester has the second-highest HIV infection rate per capita in New York State, according to Trillium Health.
The college focuses on workshops and seminars to ensure their students are well informed and unafraid to get tested.
“One of the things we want people to do is to cast away the fear of trying to figure out what their status is,” said Melany Silas, a professor with the Health Studies Program. “So today is an opportunity to do that, and we try to do that every year here.”
New York State ranks number one in new diagnoses, and in Rochester, almost half of all newly diagnosed people are under age 25.