More than just a day – Observing World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, observed December 1st each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. It is common to hold memorials to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS on this day. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements. (from wikipedia)

Millions of people continue to be infected with HIV every year. In low- and middle-income countries, less than half of those in need of antiretroviral therapy are receiving it, and too many do not have access to adequate care services.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS.1 Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. (From avert.org website)

New York Faith in Action has a listing of  World AIDS Day events throughout New York City.  There is also a website that provides information about the World AIDS Campaign and list events happening around the world. Feel free to post an event that is happening in your city, town or neighborhood. I encourage you to join with the community in leadership and solidarity and help promote universal access, human dignity and respect and protect the human rights of people living with or affected by HIV

Let’s remember our brothers and sisters throughout the world who are affected by HIV and AIDS. Listed below are a few events happening in and around New York City.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 – 3:30pm to 6:00pm

“HIV” My Family and Me: Putting the Focus on Youth in AIDS Affected Families

Book Reading and Signing of “Living in the Shadows” by Yannik McKie

Community Church of New York

40 East 35 Street New York, NY

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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 – 12:30pm to 8:30pm

Brooklyn Public Library and CAMBA,

Central Library, Dweck Center Auditorium & Lobby

10 Grand Army Plaza

1:30 – 3:45pm: Awareness Café (Information & Resources)

4 -5:30pm: Afterschool Workshops & Presentations

5:30 – 8pm: “An Evening of Awareness, Remembrance, and Inspiration”

HIV Testing – free & confidential, same day results (all day)

For more information contact the Library at 718-230-2477

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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 – 8:30am to 4pm

Harlem > AIDS: World AIDS Day Conference,

Riverside Church, Global AIDS Ministry

91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027

HIV/AIDS 101,

Safer Sex/ Sex-Toy demonstration

Community Mobilization workshops and more

Free Rapid HIV Testing & STI Screenings

Screening of “Sex In An Epidemic” Documentary

Free Breakfast & Lunch

There is limited capacity for this event so please RSVP to rjabouin@harlemunited.org or jpadilla@irishouse.org

by Wednesday, November 24th, if you are able to attend.

Sponsored by The Black AIDS Institute, Iris House, GMHC & Harlem United

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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 – 5:30pm to 7:45pm

East Kings County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Social Action Committee presents World AIDS Day Event

Featuring the documentary, “Seen, But Not Heard” with filmmaker and panel discussion

Dekalb Library

790 Bushwick Avenue , Brooklyn, NY

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Thursday December 2nd, 2010 – 6 pm to 8pm

Looking at HIV Through Your Eyes: A Honest Discussion about Teen Sexual Health, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

395 Lenox Road between

E.34th Street and New York Avenue PRESENTED BY:

The Adolescent Education Program

Teens Helping Each Other (THEO) / Peer Leadership Initiative

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Saturday, December 4th, 2010 – 6pm to 11pm

National Ballroom Initiative,

Sanders Studio

525 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn,

Program also serving as a Health Fair, sponsored by HEAT and GMAD.

For more information contact Tina Jones at 718-282-1880

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NYC World AIDS Day – Week of Events

November 28 – December 8

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Newark, NJ World AIDS Day – Week of Events

Essex County College

November 29 – December 2

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