A local organization that provides support and education about HIV and the AIDS virus spent Monday evening remembering those who have died from the disease.
BASIC held the 24th annual candlelight vigil at the St. Andrews Episcopal church in, conjunction with World AIDS Day which was this past Saturday, December 1.
Dozens of friends and family members of local AIDS victims lit candles by St. Andrews Bay, then walked across Beach Drive to the church.
BASIC wants to help fight the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS and help improve education and research.
"Tonight, as we celebrate World AIDS Day, another proponent is for people to get past the discrimination, the theme is 'Getting to Zero',” said Valerie Mincey, the CEO of BASIC. “Zero infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths."
If you have questions concerning HIV testing or about living with AIDS and you do not feel comfortable talking with friends of family, the hotline is available 24 hours a day.
That number is 800-FLA-AIDS.