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Remember, Honor and Celebrate: Partnering to Mark World  Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Perth County – Friday, December 1st is World Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day, an annual day held to raise awareness about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and its impact. This year, the community is asked to come together to remember, honour and celebrate people who have been lost due to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and to also reflect on what we have achieved in our efforts to counter the negative effects.

World Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day Vigil

Everyone is invited to attend the Stratford World Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Day Vigil being held on Thursday, November 30th, from 7:00 to 830 pm at the Community of Christ Church at 226 Forman Avenue in Stratford. This event is held annually and is supported by the Regional Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Connection.

Coffee House and Red Scarf Day

To also help mark the day, the Perth District Health Unit, Optimism Place and Revel are partnering to host a coffee house in Stratford on Thursday, November 30th, from 2 to 5 pm, at Revel, 37 Market Place in Stratford. Everyone is invited to the event, which will feature music by local artists Sarah Skinner, Janna Leduc and Emma Rouse. If you have a red scarf, wear it to the events on the 30th or find one hanging around Stratford on December 1st to help raise awareness for World Aids Day.

“This is an opportunity to show support for those living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and to raise awareness that Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is not gone,” says Jane DeBlock, Public Health Nurse at the Perth District Health Unit. “There are still new infections all over the world in every demographic.”

The Perth District Health Unit supports education, awareness and prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The Health Unit’s Sexual Health Clinic offers free Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) testing.

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