H-I-V and AIDS is a battle a lot of people don't know they're fighting because they haven't been tested. That's why one group is trying to raise awareness and make outreach about the diseases more inviting.
The Drop In Center devotes itself to educating the community about safe sex practices and offers free HIV testing and counseling.
Friday, the center partnered with Pride Roanoke and The Park Nightclub to reach even more people.
The Virginia Department of Health reports that over 24,000 people in the Commonwealth are living with either H-I-V or AIDS. 670 of those people live right here in the Roanoke Valley.
Numbers for other STD's like Syphillis and Gonorrhea are also on the rise.
Friday's event provided the community with a safe place to get tested and get more information. Organizers say choosing a club for the event was an easy decision because people are more open to discussing a sensitive subject in a fun environment.
"This is a more positive affect a more proactive affect to get the word out about HIV prevention, STD prevention, it's ok to come out to get tested either at a public spot like this or at The Drop in Center," Carl Jones of The Drop In Center told Your Hometown News Leader.
It's estimated that 30-percent of the population is unaware of their HIV status and The Drop In Center hopes to help lower that number through these kinds of events.