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Snohomish Health District to host a World AIDS Day event, Dec. 1

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Confidential testing during the day; evening Memorial Walk & program

The public is invited to a World AIDS Day event on Dec. 1 at the Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett.

The day commemorates those lost to AIDS, supports those living with the disease, reinforces the need to combat stigma, discrimination and intolerance, and underscores the need for routine HIV screening.

10a.m.–8:15p.m.: Community health information resource tables; “Facing AIDS” visual art display from local youth organizations, Marysville-Pilchuck High School and other community agencies; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Free or low-cost confidential Rapid HIV testing; 6:30–7 p.m.: candlelight walk to Everett’s HIV/AIDS Memorial at 3000 Rockefeller Ave.

Walkers will return to the Health District atrium for an evening program that begins with introductory remarks by Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Snohomish Health District director and health officer; and Teresa Rugg, Snohomish County RESULTS group leader. Program speakers include Hayden M. Bixby, International Program coordinator for Cura Orphanage in Kenya; Michael Gwaba, HIV/TB activist and ambassador of the “Here I Am Campaign” for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and a panel of community members living with HIV who will share their stories of how they are “Facing AIDS.”

The evening program also features music and light refreshments, and concludes with a candlelight vigil. The commemoration is free and open to the public.

Local sponsors include Snohomish Health District, Evergreen AIDS Foundation, Snohomish County Gay Men’s Task Force, AIDS Project Snohomish County, RESULTS Educational Fund, and AIDS Outreach Project.

Washington state diagnosed its first case of AIDS in 1982. Since then, over 18,270 cases have been reported in Washington state and almost 11,000 residents are living with the virus today.

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