| Date: || For Immediate Release - November 21, 2013 |
| Contact: || Jai Smith, World AIDS Day 2013 Co-chair, (520) 547-6161 |
Moureen Drury, Co-chair, (520) 547-6115
World AIDS Day Tucson Committee
WORLD AIDS DAY 2013
AN END TO HIV STIGMA STARTS TODAY IN TUCSON
“HIV/AIDS affects everyone, everywhere. Stigma is not a cure. Show your solidarity to people living with HIV/AIDS.” ~Mural in Ghana, West Africa
“In 2012 1.6 million people died from AIDS, more than 35 million people are now living with HIV/AIDS - 3.3 million are children under the age of 15. Every hour 262 people contract HIV and since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 75 million people have contracted HIV and 36 million have died of HIV-related causes.” States the American Foundation for AIDS Research. (www.amfar.org)
(Tucson)- The Tucson World AIDS Day Committee invites everyone in our community to join in the global effort and show your solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS. This is a day to recognize HIV’s impact locally and globally. Committee members for World AIDS Day Tucson 2013 have brought together diverse community organizations and businesses committed to preventing the spread of HIV, and to building strong support to stop HIV stigma.
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day. Since 1988, the Tucson community has created a global presence and community dialogue around the HIV/AIDS pandemic: how to support those living with HIV, the importance of preventing HIV, and taking time to pay homage to those who have died from HIV-related causes. Stigma continues to be one of the greatest challenges.
This year’s continues the Tucson tradition by providing an all-ages, family-friendly World AIDS Day event that is fun, interactive and informative. Activities from 3 - 6 p.m. will provide families and youth opportunities to learn about HIV, to show community support and to celebrate people’s courageous struggles.
World AIDS Day Tucson 2013 also features Night Life activities from 6 - 9 p.m. for adults, ages 21 or older.
|What ||World AIDS Day |
|When || Sunday, December 1, 2013, |
Family-friendly activities - 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Night Life activities (ages 21 or older) - 6:00 - 9:00 pm
|Where ||Club Congress, 311 E. Congress, Tucson, Arizona |
|Admission ||Free |
|Parking ||Free street parking on weekends. Pay parking at garage on Congress/4th. |
|Public Contact ||Jai Smith |
|Sponsors ||AIDS Ribbon Tucson, COPE Community Services, El Rio Community Health Center, Hotel Congress, National Community Health Partners, Positively Beautiful, PowerSource Tucson, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), and Walgreens |
To find out more on how Tucson will be observing World AIDS Day on December 1, 2013 please visit www.facebook.com/WorldAIDSDay.Tucson or call Jai Smith at 520-547-6161.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for those living with HIV, and to honor those who have passed away. This is both a celebration and in memory of those we have lost.