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Rhode Island marks World AIDS Day with events at Statehouse, elsewhere

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Rhode Island residents will be marking World AIDS Day with events around the state.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee will be joined at the Statehouse on Monday by health care workers and advocates who work on issues related to HIV and AIDS.

The Rhode Island HIV Prevention Coalition says 74 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Rhode Island last year.

Kristen Pfeiffer of the HIV Prevention Coalition says rates of other sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise, and that can increase the likelihood of HIV infection.

Other events happening Monday include a display of four panels from the National AIDS Quilts at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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