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C'ville Organization Holds Open House for World AIDS Day

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One thousand people in Charlottesville are living with HIV.

In honor of World AIDS Day Saturday, AIDS/HIV Services Group (ASG) in Charlottesville, an organization dedicated to helping those with AIDS, held an open house for the community.

The open house was a celebration of the organization's new space and a message to the community that AIDS is still very much alive. People were able to check out the new space and recognize World AIDS Day while doing so.

The executive director of ASG says, out of those 1,000 people in Charlottesville living with the virus, only one in five is receiving adequate care.

The organization had a doctor speak at the event to bring awareness to the importance of proper health care, especially for those carrying the virus.

"Everybody with HIV has everything everybody else has-- and HIV. And it's important not to neglect blood pressure and cardiac risk factors and kidney issues and so forth while focusing just on the viral problem," said Dr. David Schmidt, HIV specialist.

This is the first time the services group has had its very own space; it's a three-story building sized to serve the organization's 1,400 clients.

Clients of ASG say they hope the open house brings awareness to World AIDS Day and the importance of being preventative.

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