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Portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Emory University and Central Congregational United Church of Christ.

The AIDS epidemic erased a generation of gay men, and while the symptoms are easier to manage, the startling rate of infection proves that the work is not nearly done. So organizations, schools, churches and more have a full slate of events planned throughout the metro Atlanta area beyond and to recognize World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

Team Friendly Atlanta is joining forces with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to present a candlelight vigil and remembrance on the Beltline on Dec. 1. “We’re two-and-a-half decades into this and although it’s manageable and not a death sentence, it’s still a major problem,” says Randy Prophater, Chair of Team Friendly Atlanta, citing a recent study showing 28 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S. occur in the South.

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
Nov. 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The MISTER Center
60 Eleventh St.
www.mistercenter.org

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

World AIDS Day Mass
Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Holy Cross Catholic Church
3175 Hathaway Court, NE
www.holycrossatlanta.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.

Free HIV Testing
Dec. 2, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cobb County Public Health
1650 County Services Pkwy., Marietta
www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com

NAESM Testing Drive, Raffle & Giveaway
Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Walmart
835 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
www.naesm.org

Free HIV Testing
Dec. 2, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The MISTER Center
60 Eleventh St.
www.mistercenter.org

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 (jenetter.lee@aidatlanta.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

Griffin Housing Authority
Free STD Screenings
Dec. 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
518 Nine Oaks Dr., Griffin, Ga.

AID Atlanta #Uand2 Free HIV Testing
Dec. 3, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
AID Atlanta
1605 Peachtree St.
*Special Incentives provided for the first 25 people who bring 2 people with them.

AID Atlanta #Uand2 Free HIV Testing
Dec. 4, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Morehouse College/Clark University
Archer Hall
830 Westview Dr.

AID Atlanta #Uand2 Free HIV Testing
Dec. 4, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
AID Atlanta
1605 Peachtree St.
*Special Incentives provided for the first 25 people who bring 2 people with them

AID Atlanta #Uand2 Free HIV Testing
Dec. 5, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
AID Atlanta, 1605 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309
*Special Incentives provided for the first 25 people who bring 2 people with them

Annual World AIDS Day Ecumenical Prayer Service
Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church
591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, Ga.
www.stphilipbenizi.org

Skill Building Workshop for Women Living With HIV/AIDS
Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Employment Resource Center
100 Edgewood Ave. NE, Ste. 1020

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