The Obamas are hosting a large red ribbon on their doorstep, symbolizing solidarity with people infected with the virus. George Mason University is displaying a 1,200-square-foot section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt as a part of the school’s HIV Awareness week (where they’re also capitalizing on an opportunity to offer free HIV testing!). And the Whitman-Walker Clinic will hold a candlelight vigil at 5:30 p.m. in Dupont Circle. The World Bank is even getting in on the action with a speaker panel.
Already this morning, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) joined DC HIV/AIDS organizations and DC residents to kick off the “Save D.C. Syringe Exchange Program Day.” The groups gathered to oppose a a virtual ban on D.C. using its local funds for syringe exchange programs.
And, it was just announced that DC will host the 2012 World AIDS Meeting at the DC Convention Center. The International AIDS Conference is the premier biennial global gathering for those working in the field of HIV research, policymakers and activists. The conference will take place July 22-27, 2012.
With almost 3 percent of the DC population suffering from HIV/AIDS, how are you honoring World AIDS Day?