Numerous organizations, including Alton's Mexico Village People, are urging residents to take action in recognition of World AIDS Day, which is tomorrow. The organization is hosting an event tomorrow night at the Riverbender Community Center in Downtown Alton called "Rap It Up." It will feature a screening of the documentary "Mirror To The Heart," free food, games and HIV testing.

There will also be an open mic rapp session following the movie. Linda Price, President and Founder of Mexico Village People, says bringing awareness to the dangers of the disease is the goal of tomorrow night's event.

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Since AIDS was first recognized in 1981, it has led to the deaths of more than 25 million people, making it one of the most destructive diseases in recorded history. There are approximately 1.2-million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and it is estimated that one-fifth of those people don't know they have it.