Here in Michiana, red ribbons honored people with HIV or AIDS on Friday. But the ribbons also honored people who work with the disease every day.
Friday the AIDS Ministries Office in South Bend put a large red ribbon on display. Anyone could come and honor an HIV or AIDS victim by adding a name to the ribbon.
“It is important because we remember those who have gone. We remember those who are still fighting it. We remember the people that are working with it on a daily basis and how important it is to keep the word out there, to try and destroy the stigma that goes along with the diagnosis of AIDS. With education we can make people more accepting of living with these people,” Mary Lee Wessels of South Bend AIDS Ministries said.
The South Bend AIDS Ministries Office works with almost 600 people who have been diagnosed with HIV.
Officials there say the best way to fight the disease is through education and prevention.