World AIDS Day 2011 is tomorrow, Thursday, December 1. This year the theme is “Getting to Zero”. Here is what that means – No new infections. Zero discrimination for those living with the virus and zero AIDS-related deaths. At ASF, we work to achieve these outcomes every day.
In Orange County ASF will commemorate World AIDS Day this Saturday, December 3 with an event starting at 6 p.m. at the Santa Ana Art Walk on the 2nd Street promenade in Santa Ana. Our program will include a Remembrance and Honor Candlelight program. Pearl Jemison-Smith, the honorary chairperson for AIDS Walk 2011 and a long time AIDS prevention activist, will speak at the event.
As we do at many community outreach events, we will provide free HIV testing. Also of interest will be Project Glow, an illuminated balloon project; face painting by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Anaheim, an ASF food pantry partner; and information booths regarding HIV prevention staffed by our partner agencies. One of our longtime partners in the battle against HIV disease, M.A.C. Cosmetics, will be providing free make-up demonstrations of their VIVA Glam products. All proceeds from the VIVA Glam product line go to the M.A.C. AIDS Fund, of which ASF has been a beneficiary.
In Orange County there is still nearly one new HIV infection a day. This is unacceptable. We know how to stop the virus. Let’s focus on this and make a commitment to get to zero as soon as we can.