World AIDS Day


Brittany Emerson
Health Education Coordinator
Six Rivers Planned Parenthood

Published: 12.01.10| Updated: 12.20.10

December 1st is World AIDS Day. This annual event aims to increase awareness, raise money, fight prejudice, and improve HIV/AIDS education. Currently, there are 33.4 million people with HIV/AIDS worldwide and more than a million in the United States. 30-50% of new HIV positive people are under the age of 25. World AIDS Day reminds our community that HIV/AIDS is still an issue and there is still more we can accomplish as a community in this fight against the virus.

There are two local World AIDS Day events organized by community members and organizations that sit on the AIDS Task Force. On December 1st the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will lead a candlelight vigil procession starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Arcata Plaza. The procession will continue around downtown Arcata and end back at the Plaza where community members will speak.

The second event is during Arts Alive in Old Town Eureka on Dec. 4. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will lead a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. at the Gazebo. The procession will begin at the Gazebo and wind its way through Old Town ending at the Himalayan Tibetan Rug Traders, where a reception will be hosted. In addition to words from community memebers, Six Rivers Planned Parenthood's Spare Change Teen Theater Troupe is performing. Please come and participate in this meaningful event and show your support for World AIDS Day.

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