This Thursday, December 1, marks the 23rd observance of World AIDS Day, a global day of awareness for the epidemic that affects so many people across the world. The focus of World AIDS Day events range from advocacy and education to vigils and prayer. Regardless of focus, World AIDS Day events bring people together to face HIV/AIDS in unity. Each year, an international theme is selected to guide World AIDS Day events and to be the focus for the following year in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is Getting to Zero, meaning the goal is no new infections, no discrimination and no AIDS-related deaths.
Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry is participating in three World AIDS Day events this year. Two prayer services will be held at St. Joseph’s Church and St. Peter’s Church in Chicago. These events will include choir and spoken work performances, guest speakers and prayer. In Waukegan, Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry is participating in the event Stand Against Stigma: World AIDS Day 2011. This event took the theme of Getting to Zero and focused on eliminating stigma against HIV/AIDS in Lake County and beyond. Stand Against Stigma will include dinner, singing and dance performances, a panel of speakers on the topic of HIV/AIDS stigma, and prayer. More information about these events can be found at http://www.bonaventurehouse.org/events. All events are free and open to the public.
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