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World AIDS Day is December 1, 2015

World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. World AIDS Day is December 1. Around the world, about 35 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 50,000 people get infected with HIV every year. It’s important that everyone ages 15 to 65 gets tested for HIV at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.

How can World AIDS Day make a difference?

We can use this day to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, encourage people to get tested, and take action to support people living with HIV.

Here are just a few ideas:

·        Encourage people to get tested for HIV. Let them know that some health clinics offer free HIV testing.

·        Talk to parents about teaching their kids the basics of safe sex.

·        Wear a red ribbon, the symbol of HIV awareness and support. Tell people why you are wearing it.

Hartford Commemorates World AIDS Day 2015

November 30, 2015

"PrEP for Love"

(Hartford) People living with HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS providers and advocates are taking part in an event on November 30, 2015 to commemorate the 27th annual World AIDS Day. The event will take place at The Russell Restaurant located at 103 Pratt St, Hartford, CT 06103. Networking and hors d'oeuvres starting at 6pm, with open mic to follow. The event is free and open to adults 21 and over. Street parking is free after 6pm.

The program includes an overview of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drug, Truvada, a newly available HIV drug treatment used to prevent the spread of HIV. PrEP is available by certain medical providers to HIV negative individuals who may be concerned about exposure to HIV. Other World AIDS Day program features include: keynote speaker, Leif Mitchell, from Gilead Sciences, live music, hors d'oeuvres, and cash bar for refreshments.

The World AIDS Day theme from 2011-2015 is "Getting to Zero - Zero New Infections; Zero discrimination; Zero AIDS Related Deaths" which falls in line with The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) strategy that aims to advance global progress in achieving access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and to halt and reverse the spread of HIV. HIV/AIDS affects all communities and anyone can be infected regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or marital status. HIV continues to disproportionately impact specific populations and geographic locations.

In Connecticut, there are 10,687 people reported as living with HIV/AIDS, but as much as 20% of people who are infected with HIV are unaware of their status. There are nearly 2,000 people living with AIDS in the City of Hartford. For the first time ever, UNAIDS has announced a fast track approach that will allow the world to end the AIDS epidemic in 2030. Multi-faceted prevention approaches such as screening, treatment and linkage to care as prevention, fighting stigma and raising awareness are all steps in the right direction. Getting to ZERO starts with us and the epidemic WILL END if we do our part!

The event is hosted by Community Health Services, Hartford Youth HIV Identification & Linkage Consortia (HYHIL), Community Renewal Team (CRT), Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT), the City of Hartford and other pharmaceutical sponsors.

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Candlelight Vigil 

Hosted by Latino Community Services Inc. will be held on 

December 1st from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

at Bernard South Green Park

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