New Jersey to hold World AIDS Day observances

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Rainbow colors (the natural and man-made rainbow, including the color black, for remembering AIDS), in a Bauhaus rendering for B&H Infinity Photographic Society submission. Rainbow means Hope, that's why The Rainbow/Hope Principle. Photo and art by Alina Oswald.
Rainbow colors (the natural and man-made rainbow, including the color black, for remembering AIDS), in a Bauhaus rendering for B&H Infinity Photographic Society submission. Rainbow means Hope, that's why The Rainbow/Hope Principle. Photo and art by Alina Oswald.

Today is World AIDS Day. Every December on the first of the month you are encouraged to take an opportunity worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. On this day we show our support for people living with HIV, and to remember those people who have died.

According to UNAIDS, over 36 million people are living with HIV/AIDS around the world. Each year 2 million people become infected with the virus and 1 million people die of AIDS-related causes.  While millions of people today are accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, millions more still desperately need it. The end of the epidemic is only possible, if governments and world leaders continue to pay close attention to the problem say advocates for the HIV/AIDS community worldwide.

Today in New Jersey several observances are planned:

Asbury Park 

Asbury Park will hold a Candle Light Walk and Memorial Service today, Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm. The community is invited to gather at The Center to enjoy some hot chocolate and homemade cookies at 7 pm followed by a walk to Trinity Episcopal Church. At the Church at 7:30 pm their will be a service.  The Center is located at 806 3rd Ave., Asbury Park, NJ and Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 503 Asbury Ave., Asbury Park, NJ. Email: cshannon@thecenterinap.com or call 732-774-3416 x121 for more information.

Camden

Free, confidential HIV testing, memorial service and luncheon, honoring the Director of Program- Area Health Education Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,  422 Market Street, Camden, NJ 08013

Elizabeth

Free, confidential HIV & STD testing, raffles, entertainment events, plus free food, Bbeak-out sessions, and live performances from 3-7 pm at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. For information call 862-240-1461, or 908-561-5057.

Hackensack

In Hackensack Buddies of NJ will be holding a light dinner and social sponsored by Walgreens to remember those who have gone ahead of us and those who are still fighting HIV/AIDS. The community will remember and honor them those in our fight to defeat stigma and to champion love until HIV is gone. Table and volunteer support by Janssen. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm today at Christ Church, 251 State Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. The evening concludes at 9 pm. You must RSVP at eventbrite.com/e/world-aids-day-2017 

Jersey City

Jersey City is holding multiple events today. The AIDS Task Force is hosting an AIDS Walk at 12:15 pm with registration beginning at 11 am. The walk will start at the Jersey City Medical Center at 355 Grand St. and end at City Hall at 280 Grove St. Following the walk, there will be a program and reception at City Hall.

Imago Beauty Group and Honey Bakery will host “Live Music, Art and Dancing for World AIDS Day.” The event, from 8-11 pm tonight is at 673 Bergen Ave. in Jersey City. It is part of JC Fridays and will feature local artists and live music.

Newark

Newark will hold and event at Symphony Hall called “My Hand in the Plan will Combat HIV” from 1-5 pm at Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad Street, Newark, NJ. The event is presented by the Stop AIDS Coalition and features WBLS radio personality Liz Black. For information call NJCRI at 973-558-5035.

Paterson

Free, confidential HIV testing, HIV education program, memorial service and PrEP education/ counseling from 2-6 pm at Calvery Baptist Church, 575 E. 18th Street, Paterson, NJ. Christians Social Concerns Ministry in collaboration with Paterson Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is presenting the program. For information call 973-460-7636, or 551-486-3298.

Trenton

Free, confidential HIV testing, HIV education program, entertainment events and luncheon from 11am to 7pm tonight. The event will have free workshops, music, free refreshments and giveaways. It is sponsored by New Jersey Human Development Corporation and will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Synod Hall, 801 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618. For information call 609-396-7474.

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