There's so much that can be done to prevent HIV, raise HIV awareness, and lessen the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV. World AIDS Day is the perfect time to find out what it's like to live an HIV-positive life. Browse through this collection of ideas of what you can do on and around World AIDS Day.
There are plenty of events going on all over the world for World AIDS Day. Here are just a few of the events going on throughout some big U.S. cities:
New Wave Singers -- "A Concert"
Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
12 W. Franklin St.
Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.
Govans Presbyterian Church
5828 York Road
New Wave Singers of Baltimore present a World AIDS Day 2012 Concert. They will come together to benefit their neighbors who help those with AIDS. The New Wave Singers will feed your soul and help Movable Feast nourish the community. 50 percent of all ticket sales go to Movable Feast. Purchase Tickets
"World AIDS Day Prayer Service"
Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
1107 N. Orleans Ave.
Join Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House, St. Joseph's Church and Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, Dec. 1 in commemorating World AIDS Day 2012. A prayer service will be held to honor those affected by HIV/AIDS and to remember those who have passed away. A reception will be held immediately following the service.
"World AIDS Day Dallas"
After the success of last year's World AIDS Day Dallas event, local businesses, community groups and residents will gather again at Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3-6 p.m. for the 2012 World AIDS Day Dallas. The event includes celebratory music, inspirational speakers, and a healthy living expo. World AIDS Day Dallas focuses on strengthening each of us through education, inspiration and action to empower Dallas to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in our greater community.
Sponsored by Empower "U"
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
8309 NW 22nd Avenue
The conference will include a health fair, HIV testing, medical screenings, seminars and workshops, a World AIDS Day Walk, and a Dance Competition requiring HIV/AIDS themes in the performances.
"De Fabulous": An Evening of Glamour and Beauty
"De Fabulous" will include a fashion show, silent auction, raffles, and complimentary cocktails between 9 and 10 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Unity Coalition, a local nonprofit group which advocates for the LGBT Latino community. Those interested in attending are asked to text the words "De Fabulous" to (786)946-2097 to RSVP.
Brother Circle Dinner and Discussion with Jamar "The Voice" Rogers - Minneapolis
Sponsored by Brother Circle - Pillsbury United Communities
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 4-6 p.m. Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411
The Brother Circle Dinner will host a discussion on HIV among gay and bi men within communities of color. The event will be hosted by Jamar Rogers, a finalist on NBC's The Voice, and will include a special appearance by VIP guest and LA singer-songwriter LaMont Wheat, performing "Still Standing." The Brother Circle Dinner will bridge the gap between facts and misinformation while promoting intergenerational and cross-cultural unity. Free food and HIV testing will be offered throughout the event. For more information, contact Kevin Moore, Pillsbury United Communities, (612) 787-3641.
"No Tengas Miedo" World AIDS Day Free Event St. Paul
Sponsored by West Side Community Health Services
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m.
West Side Community Health Services, 153 Cesar Chavez St.
St. Paul, MN 55107
La Clinica (West Side Community Health Services) will offer free HIV testing and education for walk-ins all day in commemoration of World AIDS Day on Nov. 30. Bilingual staff will offer education in Spanish or English. HIV test results will be available in 10 minutes. For more information, contact Emilio Sauceda, La Clinica, (651) 389-2428, or by e-mail. Download flier for this event (JPEG: 97KB)
Housing Works -- "Housing is Healthcare: House People Living with HIV/AIDS"
8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Housing Works, an organization that advocates for people living with HIV/AIDS, people without homes and people who are affected by both HIV and homelessness, will be holding a vigil to remember those who we have lost to the disease. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., they will unite as a community in support and strength to read the names of loved ones who have passed from all over the world and in our communities. The theme for their World AIDS Day vigil is "Housing is Healthcare: House People Living with HIV/AIDS."
GMHC -- "Spin Away AIDS"
1 - 4 p.m.
New York Sports Club, 232 Mercer St.
World AIDS Day provides an opportunity every Dec. 1 for communities worldwide to unite in the fight, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and to commemorate the lives lost in this global epidemic. Join GMHC and NYSC on Saturday, Dec. 1, in recognition of World AIDS Day to burn calories, have fun with friends and raise crucial funds for GMHC.
For more information, visit the website.
"Art & AIDS: The Fight is Not Over -- A Panel Discussion"
Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster St. (Between Canal & Grand -- closer to Grand)
A discussion on expressions of art by men living with HIV/AIDS. Exhibition curated by Osvaldo Perdomo and David Livingston. For more information, call (212) 367-1273.
"National AIDS Memorial Grove 19th Annual World AIDS Day Observance"
National AIDS Memorial Grove
Nancy Pelosi Drive & Bowling Green Drive
Complete with musical performances, a reading of names, and awards and dedications to bestow, the National AIDS Memorial Grove 19th Annual World AIDS Day observance has plenty to offer if you want to get involved on World AIDS Day.
For more information, visit the website.
World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil
Sponsored by Whitman-Walker Health
Whitman Walker Health is a nonprofit center specializing in health care for the District's gay community. The clinic will offer onsite HIV testing at a Dupont Circle mobile testing unit. For more information, visit www.whitman-walker.org.
Free HIV Testing
Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St. NW
Sponsored by Whitman-Walker Health
Whitman Walker Health is a nonprofit center specializing in health care for the District's gay community. For more information, visit www.whitman-walker.org.
In Your Community
The number one thing you can do on World AIDS Day is to get tested for HIV and make sure you know your status. Use this widget to find the nearest HIV testing site to you:
Remind everyone in your school, office, or neighborhood that Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. Download and customize these high resolution posters, then print them out on any color printer.
Tell the U.S. Government What You Think!
Make sure your elected officials know you care about HIV and want to see them take action. Write them letters or emails to make your voice heard. Here are some resources to help you out:
Easy-to-use source of information on the U.S. legislature: who's in it, what they're working on, and how you can stay informed.
Though World AIDS Day is full of plenty of HIV-related events, there might not be one in your area, or you may not be able to make it. But that doesn't mean you can't take part. Here are some ways to participate online.
Add a Ribbon to Your Profile Pics
If you have a Facebook or a Twitter account, add a red ribbon to your user photo. It's easy to do, and it's a reminder to everyone who follows you that HIV/AIDS is still a global pandemic.
Whether you're infected or affected or both, everyone has a different reason for facing AIDS. AIDS.gov is asking people to share their reasons. Print out their sign, write your reason for facing AIDS, snap a picture of yourself, and send it in to the annual Facing AIDS gallery.
Get Google to Participate in World AIDS Day!
Everyone loves those creative Google homepage images -- called "doodles." However, last year, they forgot to make a doodle for World AIDS Day, even though they do one for most major awareness days and holidays. Using your twitter account, make sure to tweet Google Doogles (@googledoodles) urging them to bring awareness to World AIDS Day. Here's a sample tweet: "Hey @googledoodles! You should honor #WorldAIDSDay! Pls RT #WAD2012 #HIV via @TheBodydotcom"
On Dec. 1, plenty of people will be talking about HIV. You can keep up with the conversation on twitter with the official World AIDS Day hashtag: #WAD2012 -- and of course you can join in, too. Share what World AIDS Day means to you (and don't forget to follow @TheBodyDotCom).
Facebook is still the biggest social network on the Internet. Make sure you post about World AIDS Day -- change your profile picture to a red ribbon, write a status about getting to zero, and spread the word that HIV is still around. Make sure to like TheBody.com at facebook.com/thebodydotcom and add us to your interests list to get all of our newest content and see our countdown to World AIDS Day!
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