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World AIDS Day in Redding

World AIDS DayDecember 1, 2011 is being commemorated In Redding, CA with two events:

  • Awareness March – 4 PM, starting at Planned Parenthood 2935 Bechelli Lane Redding, CA 96002
  • Candlelight Service  – 7 PM, at First Church, 1825 East Street Redding, CA

Getting to Zero Is the theme selected by the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day. The new theme, that will be used until 2015, echoes the UNAIDS vision of achieving:

  • Zero new HIV infections.
  • Zero discrimination.
  • Zero AIDS-related deaths.

Observed worldwide on December 1st since 1998, World AIDS Day is the moment of the year where millions of people come together across the globe to:

  • Commemorate people who lost their lives to HIV
  • Applaud progress made in responding to the epidemic
  • Recommit to ending the epidemic.

The local events are sponsored by: STT HIV Food Bank, 1st United Methodist Church, NorCal OUTreach Project, NorCal Pride, Planned Parenthood, Shasta County Interfaith Forum

People of faith and faith-based organisations have been at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS since the early 1980s, by engaging in practical health care, social and emotional support, pastoral care and advocacy with and for those living with the virus in order to eliminate stigma and discrimination and to promote access to treatment for all those living with or affected by HIV.