This Sunday will mark World AIDS Day, which is observed annually on Dec. 1 and provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.
The theme for this year’s event is “Communities Make the Difference” and underscores the essential role that communities have played and continue to play in the AIDS response through leadership, advocacy, and service delivery.
World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and remember those who have gone before us.
In Guam, there have been over 270 reported cases of HIV infection since 1985, and there are over 92 people known to be living with HIV.
This year’s World AIDS Day event will be held in two parts. This evening, at the ITC intersection, the public is invited to attend a wave.
On Sunday, at the Jose P. Lujan House in Hagatna, there will be informational displays from various government and community organizations, a candlelight ceremony, a display of AIDS Memorial Quilts, performances by cultural groups and artists, and free HIV screening.
World AIDS Day awareness events are made possible by Department of Public Health and Social Services, WestCare Pacific Islands and GALA.