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December 1 is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people to work actively and collaboratively with partners around the world to raise awareness about HIV and move closer to the goal of an AIDS-free generation. This year’s theme, “The Time to Act Is Now,” calls on the world to act with urgency to implement the latest high-impact, evidence-based HIV prevention strategies.

Currently, an estimated 36.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Recent scientific breakthroughs now point the way to achieving an AIDS-free generation, a goal championed by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address.

Global efforts have resulted in approximately 13.5 million persons in low-income and middle-income countries receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection in 2014, an increase from 2013. Globally, more than 15 million people are on ART.

Currently, there are several events taking place to commemorate this important day, including:

Tuesday, Dec. 1:  A “LOVE LIFE & LIVING IT” celebration at the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center1456 Fulton StreetBrooklyn, NY, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 1SAVING OUR HOMES, SAVING OUR LIVES will hostA World AIDS Day reception Benefiting Supportive Housing Programs for Persons Living with HIV & AIDS and honoring Academy Award-nominated Actress Rosie Perez, hosted by Lisa Evers of Hot 97 at the Raymour & Flanigan showroom, located at 490 Fulton Street.

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will hold a screening of the film, “You Are Not Alone,” followed by a panel discussion at Brooklyn Borough Hall

Friday, Dec. 4: Teens Helping Each Other (THEO) will host a discussion about HIV and teen sexual health, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Road.

Saturday, Dec. 5: “Know Your Status” HIV Health Fair and Forum with guest speakers Andre Brutus, MD; Sanja and Dr. Alvin Khan, at Brookdale Hospital Auditorium, 555 Rockaway Parkway, from 12:00noon – 4:00pm.


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