Thursday, December 1 marks the 23rd annual World AIDS Day. According to the World AIDS Campaign, World AIDS Day is held every year as a “key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.”
How can you commemorate the day? The Developmental Center for AIDS Research (D-CFAR) of the University of Rochester Medical Center will be sponsoring events with the Rochester Victory Alliance and other community groups. The day will start with a Keynote Address at URMC’s Class of ’62 Auditorium by Ashley T. Haase, M.D. titled “Lessons from the Earliest Stages of Infection in the Quest to Prevent HIV-1 Transmission to Women.” During the day will be a poster session at URMC and two candlelight vigils in the community. The 11th annual PeaceArt World AIDS Day Concert at Hochstein Performance Hall will close the day’s events. A full list of events, descriptions, and locations is listed at the URMC Newsroom.
Want to discover more initiatives for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and advocacy? Check out what the U.S. Government is doing, learn about Rochester’s own AIDS Care Red Scarf Project, and don’t forget to submit a photo of you wearing your red ribbon to the Facing AIDS campaign!