Today is World AIDS Day

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Today is World AIDS Day. As of 2011, 1.2 million people in The United States are living with HIV infection, and 1 in 5 are unaware of their status. Approximately 50,000 Americans become infected with HIV each year. The Center for Disease Control estimates that there are over 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.

World AIDS Day is an international observance dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic worldwide. This year’s theme is “Getting to Zero: Leading with Science, Uniting for Action”. It highlights global HIV and AIDS prevention success and continued committment to saving lives through education, research and awareness.

It’s hard to believe that the first cases of AIDS were reported only 30 years ago. Since that time, AIDS has killed approximately 30 million people wordwide, making it one of the most destructive diseases in recorded history. To learn more about the CDC’s global response strategy, visit the CDC’s World Aids Day webpage. To find out about local World AIDS Day events, visit

In Fall River,  World AIDS Day events start at noon at Government Center with a Raising of the Flags and Press Release. At 6 pm, a candlelight vigil will be held, followed by a march from Government Center to the Sociedade Cultural Acoreana, 205 S. Main St. Fall River. This even is sponsored by Seven Hills Behavioral Health, Project AWARE and SSTAR.

In New Bedford, a candlelight vigil will be held at 6pm on the steps of City Hall, followed by a march to Centre Trinity United Methodist Church on Elm and County St. Reception to follow. This event is sponsored by Seven Hills Behavioral Health and Project CARE.

In Boston, the Boston Living Center is hosting a reception at the Prudential Center, culminating with the lighting of the Prudential Building. The Prudential Building will be illuminated red in honor of World AIDS Day. There will be poetry readings and a reception to follow.


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