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Today is World AIDS Day

Seven in 10 people at high risk for HIV who weren’t tested last year saw a healthcare provider during that year.
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Today, Dec. 1, marks World AIDS Day, an annual event intended to highlight the success of worldwide efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, as well as the importance of continued support for these efforts, while remembering those whose lives were lost to the disease.

Events are scheduled around the globe, including here in San Diego, to mark the day.

While different nations have different themes for the day, the United States’ theme for this year’s World AIDS Day, as posted on HIV.gov, is “Increasing Impact Through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.” While efforts to reduce transmission of HIV have been effective in the United States - New York City’s health department recently reported the latest data available from 2015 shows that new cases of HIV in the city dropped to “a statistically significant low” - there is still work to be done.

The CDC recently reported that 1 in 2 people with HIV had the virus at least 3 years before their initial diagnosis, and about 40% of new HIV infections come from people know how they have the virus. Further, 7 in 10 people at high risk for HIV who weren’t tested last year saw a healthcare provider during that year.

Data like this shows this importance of regular HIV testing by all people, especially in light of the number of people living with HIV who do not know it. On World AIDS Day, organizations around the globe will engage in activities to encourage community members to get tested as knowing one’s status is the best known prevention method.

For more information about World AIDS Day and to find events around the United States, click here.

The 29th Annual Dr. A. Brad Truax Award Ceremony & Reception

Community members are invited to the San Diego LGBT Community Center today at 3:30 pm to honor the memory of Dr. A. Brad Truax and his contributions to the HIV/AIDS effort in San Diego. The event will include presentation of awards to people and organizations who have made contributions to HIV/AIDS in the region, along with light refreshments and displayed art.

The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest. More information is here.

Mama’s Kitchen’s Annual Tree of Life Ceremony

Each year, Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest commemorate World AIDS Day by recognizing and remembering those affected by AIDS, as well as the ongoing leadership efforts made to end the epidemic. It is an evening of special memories, singing and sharing, and a candle lighting to honor those affected by AIDS.

Village Hillcrest is located at 3965 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest. More information is here.

North County Celebrates World AIDS Day

Pilgrim Church of Carlsbad is hosting the North County World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil, music, and speakers. The goal of the event is to remind the community that AIDS & HIV has not gone away and continues to affect the lives of millions of Americans. Community members are invited to the church on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 pm to remember loved ones lost and to chart a course in tackling the epidemic. 

Pilgrim Church is located at 2020 Chestnut Ave. in Carlsbad. A light soup dinner and refreshments will be provided. For more information call 760-729-6311 or email info@pilgrimucc.org.