Friday marks World AIDS Day

Don't be surprised to see red scarves tied around lampposts and benches around downtown Fredericton on Friday.

The scarves are being tied by volunteers with AIDS New Brunswick as part of World AIDS Day.

The red scarf is a symbolic representation of the red ribbon used to represent those lost to, and still affected by HIV/AIDS.

Officials say the scarves, which will include a card explaining their purpose, will be free for anyone to take.

AIDS New Brunswick says about 75,500 Canadians currently live with HIV, and 21 per cent are unaware that they have it.