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World AIDS Day in Atlanta and Georgia

By Patrick Sanders Georgia Voice | 11/29/2013, 6 a.m.
The AIDS epidemic erased a generation of gay men, and while the symptoms are easier to manage, the startling rate ...

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 listings 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.

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