Wednesday was the 23rd annual "World AIDS Day" and East Carolina University marked the day by educating students about how to protect themselves from HIV and AIDS.
ECU students participated in a walk along with a candlelight vigil.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over one million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and AIDS. One in five people are unaware they are living with the disease according to the CDC.
One woman, Wanda Goff of Greenville, has been living with HIV for more than a decade. She says she was using drugs and having unprotected sex when she contracted HIV. She didn't know she had it until her partner died with HIV and she got tested. Goff says, "In love and wanting to do the things he wanted to do not knowing it was so risky."
Goff used the vigil to remind students how to take precautions to steer clear of the disease she fights everyday by promoting abstinence or condom usage.
Goff says she wishes she would have heeded the advice she now gives. "It's not worth it. You don't want to be taking pills for the rest of your life."