The theme for World AIDS Day 2011 is about getting to zero…
This Thursday, December 1st, will be dedicated to raising awareness of AIDS caused by the spread of HIV infection, showing support for those living with HIV and to commemorate those that have died from the disease.
In honor of World AIDS Day, we’ll have two 12’ X 12’ panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in our lobby from November 28th through December 2nd.
The quilt is the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. Each “block” or section of the quilt is comprised of eight individual 3′ x 6′ panels sewn together. Every one of the more than 40,000 colorful panels memorializes the life of a person lost to AIDS. The panels on display, originating in Canada and Spain, are sponsored by the International AIDS Prevention Initiative.
In addition to the quilt’s being a memorial to those lives lost, it serves as a visual reminder to all who see it that the fight against AIDS is far from over: Every day another 7,397 people – 308 each hour – contract the virus, and an estimated 33 million people worldwide (1.1 million in the US) are now living with AIDS.
It will also be an opportunity to take action. Being aware of the facts about HIV and acting on that knowledge to inform your behavior are vital steps in taking care of your own health and the health of others. Check out these links for HIV 101 and AIDS myth-busters. Find out where to get free and anonymous HIV testing here. You can also help reduce stigma by putting a face to AIDS with Facing AIDS 2011. Visit the AIDS.gov blog for more ways to get involved.