Many area organizations are opening their doors for free HIV testing, including The MISTER Center and Cobb County Health. AID Atlanta has a week-long calendar of events planned, including free HIV testing, a candlelight vigil at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, and a lunch and learn.
Organizations aren’t ignoring the power of social media, either. AIDS.gov and the Greater Than AIDS campaign have designed World AIDS Day logos for people to upload to their social media profiles, and AID Atlanta is encouraging individuals, congregations and other organizations to commemorate the day by sharing pictures of their events and activities via Facebook and Twitter using the tag #Uand2.
The tag is AID Atlanta’s theme for World AIDS Day this year, with the goal of encouraging the community to get tested, get education, support the cause financially, and invite two others to participate with them.
“The spotlight has moved away from the issue but the disease and the ways people get it are still exactly the same,” Prophater says. “It’s important to remember those that are in the early stages of it, but also those we’ve lost so we learn not to repeat it.”
*Unless specified otherwise all listngs are slated for Atlanta.
Free HIV Testing Dec. 1, 9:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saint Mark United Methodist Church 781 Peachtree St.
One Voice: A World AIDS Day Event hosted by Cycle for Freedom, Inc., Stand-N-Truth, The Red Pump Project Readings from “Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living with HIV/AIDS,” edited by Khafre Abif, and a screening of the stage play, “One Voice” written and directed by filmmaker, Tim Daniels. Dec. 1, 3 p.m. Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History http://www.afpls.org/aarl
AID Atlanta #Uand2 Candlelight Vigil Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Saint Mark United Methodist Church 781 Peachtree St.
AIDS Memorial Quilt Dec. 1 Central Congregational United Church of Christ 2676 Clairmont Rd. www.central-ucc.org
Candlelight Vigil & Remembrance Dec. 1, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. The Beltline between Monroe Ave. and the Old Fourth Ward The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Team Friendly Atlanta are presenting this vigil and remembrance, where a prayer will be held and people will be given the opportunity to recognize those they have lost to the disease.
Someone Cares Condom Distribution Drive Dec. 1, All Night Jungle Atlanta, Rain Nightclub & Lounge, Phase One, LeBuzz Someone Cares Inc. of Atlanta’s HIV prevention outreach team will be distributing condoms and offering free HIV counseling and testing throughout the evening at these four nightclubs.
AID Atlanta #Uand2 Free HIV Testing Dec. 2, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. AID Atlanta 1605 Peachtree St. *Special Incentives provided for the first 25 people who bring 2 people with them.
Quilt on the Quad Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Emory University 201 Dowman Dr.
AID Atlanta #Uand2 Lunch and Learn – “HIV Update: A Reality Check” Dec. 2, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. AID Atlanta 1605 Peachtree St. *RSVP to Jenetter Lee (404-870-7784) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Nov. 26
World AIDS Day Community Listening Session Dec. 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Ebenezer Baptist Church 400 Auburn Ave. www.historicebenezer.org