Atlanta sets high bar of World AIDS Day events

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imageThere was a time when World AIDS Day in Atlanta saw little fanfare. Not this year. Multiple options on Wednesday let us remember those lost and commit to the ongoing fight in numerous ways.

For many, the tragic losses of thousands in the early years of the epidemic still sting deeply. For others who don’t remember or are working to move on, HIV/AIDS has become more of an abstract enigma. For everyone, the fight to protect the uninfected and care for HIV positive people is very real.

World AIDS Day in Atlanta this Dec. 1 features more than a dozen events to address all of those concerns. Vigils, rallies, gatherings, performances, exhibits and free testing are all on the agenda to help us remember the past and keep our eyes toward prevention and ultimately, a cure.

imageWith new CDC reports just released that name Georgia as a leader in new infections, the timing of this year’s World AIDS Day couldn’t be more ripe.

On Wednesday, everyone from the city to the county, to Georgia Equality to the state health department and multiple AIDS service organizations are rising to the occasion and raising awareness to the fight against the disease.

Here’s a list of several scheduled events. Click the events that interest you for detailed information.

Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
with AIDS Alliance for Faith & Health
Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 8 a.m.

Quilt on the Quad
600-panel AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
McDonough Field, Emory University, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Save Georgia’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program
Press Conference and Rally

State Capitol, 1 p.m.

AIDS Vaccine 200 Reception, Dinner and Lecture
Emory’s Health Sciences Center, 5 p.m.

World AIDS Day Observance
Reception, performing arts,
candlelight vigil and screening of
“The Epidemic Chronicles”
Loudermilk Center, 6 p.m.

Mayor Reed & City Commemoration (Read more)
Candlelight vigil, lighting city buildings red
City Hall, 5 p.m.

Wine dinner benefits Jerusalem House
No Mas! Cantina, 6 p.m.

SisterLove’s “Speak Up, Speak Out”
Includes performances, testimonials,
Refreshments, raffles, safe sex kits
Grady Auditorium, 6 p.m.

“Sex in an Epidemic”
Film screening and discussion
Georgia Tech Clary Theatre, 8 p.m.

Multiple free HIV testing sights and hours are included on Wednesday’s Gay Agenda calendar.

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