New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS Announces World AIDS Day Observance Event
(11/28/2010) New Haven, CT. – As the 22nd anniversary of World AIDS Day approaches, the New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS invites the New Haven community to participate in its annual observation of this important day. On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, World AIDS Day will be celebrated at the United Church of Christ on the Green, from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm. Immediately following the event, refreshments will be provided at the church from 1:00 pm-1:30 pm.
Since 1988, the world has come together on this day to show unity and raise awareness about the challenges of HIV and AIDS. Today, over 36 million people worldwide are currently struggling with HIV and AIDS and one in five Americans are HIV positive and do not know their status. Finding and testing individuals who are unaware of their HIV status and linking them to care is a national focus in the United States and across the world. In New Haven, going back to 1980 through December of 2009, 3,056 citizens have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Seventy-six percent of all reported cases, during this time frame, have occurred in populations of color. Two-thirds of all reported cases were in males and one third in females. Pediatric HIV/AIDS has been practically eliminated because of early diagnosis and treatment of the mothers.
The theme of this year's World AIDS Day Event is "Universal Access and Human Rights."
The Committee reminds the New Haven community about the need to support prevention, care, research and advocacy to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS.
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