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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

World AIDS Day is about reminding us all that HIV is an issue for everyone. Hundreds of thousands of new cases of HIV are being diagnosed around the world and the only way we can stop it spreading is by creating a more AIDS Aware society in which everyone takes action.

Locally, in Redding, CA there will be an Awareness March sponsored by Planned Parenthood, at 2 PM, starting at the downtown Redding Promenade (north end of the college).  At 7 PM there will be a candlelight Service at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding, CA. The local events are ponsored by: STT HIV Food Bank, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Planned Parenthood, NorCal OUTreach Project, Caring Choice, First Christian Church, 1st United Methodist Church and Shasta County Interfaith Forum. For more information call: 530-242-5898

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.”

UNAIDS took the lead on World AIDS Day campaigning from its creation until 2004. From 2004 onwards the World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee began selecting a theme for World AIDS Day in consultation with civil society, organizations and government agencies involved in the AIDS response.

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