Events held around the world Saturday calling attention to HIV-AIDS

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ATLANTA - From church services to free clinics to a chat on Twitter, World Aids Day is being observed today. In Georgia, state health officials were using social media for a Twitter chat about HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment options that are available.

The city of Long Beach, Calif., was offering free HIV testing, along with community forums and film screenings to help raise awareness of the disease.

In London, Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement urging people to be tested for HIV, and voicing his hope that the stigma surrounding the disease will be dropped, making way for more patients to be treated.

The World AIDS Day 2012 observance was marked with hope in sub-Saharan Africa, as the United Nations reports that deaths there from AIDS-related causes have dropped by 32 percent over the last five years, to 1.2 million reported in 2011

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