In addition to HIV testing, a townhall meeting is set for Nov. 30 at Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue Research Library. Atlanta City Hall will be lit up with red lights Dec. 1 to commemorate World AIDS Day; the same day, Atlanta’s Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will host a vigil at 7 p.m. at Smith Park, located at the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive.

At Morehouse University, a Nov. 28 fashion show with outfits made from condoms will highlight an evening of working to eliminate the stigma of HIV/AIDS as well as promoting condoms to practice safe sex. Emory University’s Hillel group will once again sponsor the world’s largest campus display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, set for Nov. 30.

There are events planned also in Augusta, Savannah, Macon and Valdosta with Valdosta holding events over several days, including a screening of the newly released documentary “deepsouth” that explores, among other issues, HIV in the rural South.

John Rogers, a public health educator for the South Health District Infectious Disease Program, said the documentary is a powerful tool to raise awareness and dispel stigma surrounding HIV in rural areas.

“As someone who has worked with HIV-positive people for the past 20 years, this movie really captures the sum of the experiences that our clients have related to me over time,” Rogers said. “We feel this would help raise awareness of HIV and the stigma that still is attached to this disease even 30 years after it’s discovery.”

METRO ATLANTA

Free HIV testing
Nov. 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
DeKalb Addiction Clinic
455 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030

Condom Fashion Show
November 28, 6 p.m.
Morehouse College Sale Hall
830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30314

Described as “A high-energy, one-hour fashion show where designers will compete for having created the best design/garment out of non-lubricated, non-packaged, expired condoms to promote safe and healthy sexual decisions to reduce the social stigma surrounding condom usage.”

AID Atlanta open house
Nov. 29, 5 p.m. — 8 p.m.
1605 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309
www.aidatlanta.org

The public is invited to an open house which includes tours of the agency, exhibits and refreshments. Free HIV testing will also be offered throughout the week and free parking is available at rear of the building. RSVP to openhouse@aidatlanta.org

Free HIV testing for Georgia Gwinnett College students
Ric Crawford Clinic (formerly AID Gwinnett)
Nov. 29, 2 p.m. — 7 p.m.
Georgia Gwinnett College
1000 University Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Free HIV testing
Nov. 29, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
DeKalb Board of Health Vinson Clinic
440 Winn Way
Decatur, GA 30030

Free HIV testing
Nov. 29, 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Aldredge Health Center
99 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303

Free HIV Testing at City Hall
10 a.m.-noon
Committee Room 2
55 Trinity Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

City Hall will also be lit up in red lights for the entire month of December in honor of World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day Memorial Quilt on the Quad
Nov. 30, 3 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Emory University
www.emoryhillel.org/aidsquilt

Presented by Hillel at Emory. Panels and speakers at Winship Ballroom in Dobbs University Center; shabbat dinner to follow at Marcus Hillel Center. This is the largest collegiate display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the world. This year will include performances by Emory a capella groups, speakers in the Emory and Atlanta community who will discuss AIDS/HIV research efforts, and stories from survivors and families of those who have passed away from the disease.

World AIDS Day Town Hall Meeting
Nov. 30, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303

HIV/AIDS service organizations, healthcare agencies and community members will gather to discuss the state of HIV in Atlanta and participants will be able to ask panelists how counties plan to “Get to Zero,” the theme for this year’s World AIDS Day.

Power2Endure’s The Red Party
“Celebrating Lives Focused on a Cure”
Nov. 30, 6 p.m.
The New LeBuzz
585 Franklin Road
Marietta, GA 30067
www.power2endure.org

HIV testings, counseling, education, entertainment by DJ Birdman and the Divas Cabaret. Appearances by Atlanta Sister of Perpetual Indulgence Ursula Polari and Mr. SE Leather Mark Wingo.

Free HIV testing
Dec. 1, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Greenbriar Mall, 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30331

Free HIV testing
Dec. 1, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur, GA 30034

City of Atlanta World AIDS Day observance
Dec. 1

City Hall will be lighted red as in years past. The annual program in City Hall will take place but final details were not known at press time.

Free HIV testing and counseling
Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Positive Impact
60 Eleventh St., Atlanta, GA 30309
www.positiveimpact-atl.org

Joining Hearts Host Drive
Dec. 1, 2 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Einstein’s
1077 Juniper Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309
www.joininghearts.org

In support of World AIDS Day, Joining Hearts invites supporters to Einstein’s to learn more about future plans. Einstein’s will donate 20 percent of bar sales between 2 p.m. — 5 p.m. to Joining Hearts.

World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil
Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Smith Park, corner of Piedmont and Monroe
http://on.fb.me/SJFaij
www.atlsisters.org

Hosted by Atlanta chapter of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Following the vigil, the Sisters will conduct a “condom ministry” in local bars

AUGUSTA

World AIDS Day Opening Ceremony
Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Paine College Chapel
1235 15th St.
Augusta, GA 30901
www.paine.edu

HIV/AIDS Walk
Dec. 1, 10 a.m.
Paine College Chapel

Red Ribbon Ball
Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
River Room of St. Paul’s Church
605 Reynolds St., Augusta, GA 30901
www.saintpauls.org

Tickets $35; Proceeds to benefit St. Stephen’s Ministry, providing support services to persons with HIV/AIDS.

Worship Service of Remembrance
Dec. 2, 4 p.m.
MCC of Our Redeemer
557 Greene St., Augusta, Ga. 30901
www.mccoor.com

The service will include music, liturgical dance, storytelling and opportunities for commitment and action.

MACON

Free HIV testing
Dec. 1
Central City AIDS Network, Inc.
2020 Ingleside Ave.
Macon, GA 31204
www.rainbowcenter.us

SAVANNAH

World AIDS Day vigil
Dec. 1, 6 p.m.
Johnson Square
www.savpride.com
www.mybrothazhome.org

Hosted by Savannah Pride and My Brothaz H.O.M.E.

VALDOSTA

‘deepsouth’ documentary screening
Nov. 30, 4:30 p.m.
Valdosta State University Union Theatre
www.deepsouthfilm.com
www.valdosta.edu

Sponsored by South Health District and VSU Health Promotions. Discussion with director Lisa Biagiotto and reception to follow.

 

Top photo: Emory University will have the largest collegiate display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on Dec. 1 to honor World AIDS Day. (by Dyana Bagby)

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