HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Activists are rallying at the state Capitol to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Connecticut as part of the 13th annual “AIDS Awareness Day.”

Wednesday’s gathering is expected to include hundreds of advocates and people infected with the virus.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Chief of Staff Mark Ojakian (oh-JAY’-kee-an), State Comptroller Kevin Lembo, and Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri are among the public officials expected to attend the rally.

Wednesday’s event is sponsored by AIDS Connecticut, a statewide coalition of organizations serving people living with HIV/AIDS in the state.

The state Department of Public Health’s HIV Surveillance Program estimates there are more than 10,000 people are currently living with HIV in Connecticut.


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