In Florida, Broward County ranks within the top 3 of new HIV infections. This World AIDS Day we will come together as a community to raise awareness and remember those we have lost to this still deadly infection. Join us on Dec. 1, 2015 at Dillard High School from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for our World AIDS Day Community Event titled “Getting to Zero, Because You Matter: Creating an AIDS Free Generation” sponsored by AHF, MODCO, and Broward County.
This family friendly event is open to the public and will include guest speakers, youth performances, quilt displays, HIV testing and education, and free food.
Every year, December 1 is commemorated as the World AIDS Day, which began in 1988. People and communities around the world dedicate the day to activities and events to cherish the memories of those who battled with the disease, and to celebrate progress achieved in the global response to HIV. It is also a time to commemorate the millions of lives affected by the AIDS epidemic, with a mission of “Getting to Zero”.
This year’s national theme is “The Time To Act Is Now.” As a community we need to focus on the future together to achieve an AIDS free generation. Our goals include:
- Reduce new infections
- Routinize HIV testing in all clinical and healthcare settings
- Link HIV+ clients to care and treatment
- Continue to educate and raise public awareness about HIV infection
- Eliminate HIV related stigma.
The AIDS epidemic is far from over, but with a sustained commitment to comprehensive treatment, prevention and care services, it is still possible in our lifetime to create an AIDS-Free Generation. By supporting this strategy as a community, we can help reduce stigma and pro-mote HIV testing by putting a face to AIDS for World AIDS Day and beyond.
This event is presented by the Broward World AIDS Day Planning Committee. This committee is comprised of Broward County School Board, Broward County Ryan White Programs, City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida Department of Health in Broward County, and a number of community based organizations and advocates. A list of partners and sponsors as well as additional contact information can be found at www.WorldAIDSDayBroward.com. You can also Like us on Facebook at World AIDS Day Broward and follow us on twitter @WorldAIDSDay954 #HIVin954.