BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – December 1st is World Aids Day. One nonprofit is working 24-hours to spread knowledge and give away free testing for HIV/AIDS.

“It’s not a Baton Rouge Aids Society’s problem. It’s our community, it’s our problem,” said A.J. Johnson, Founder & CEO, Baton Rouge AIDS Society.

Johnson is the Founder and CEO Baton Rouge Aids Society.

He mentioned his alarm at statistics that rank Louisiana as number four in the nation for most HIV cases since 2020.

Baton Rouge makes up most of the numbers, according to the Louisiana Department of Health.

“In our country, it’s one of the fastest-growing age populations,” Johnson said.

That’s why the Baton Rouge Aids Society (BRASS) will be working a 24-hour shift to spread awareness and encourage as many people as they can to be tested for free.

“The need is so crucial. So, we want to make sure that people who don’t have the chance or who have never been tested. They have the chance to come today and get tested and know their results,’ said Terrance Alexander, Director, Baton Rouge AIDS Society (BRASS).

According to BRASS, anyone who is not getting tested can be considered as part of the problem.

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