December 1, 2011 at 10:14 am EST | by Staff reports
World AIDS Day events around the city
World AIDS Day

Locals observed last year’s World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Whitman-Walker Health is observing World AIDS Day in D.C. with its annual candlelight vigil in Dupont Circle at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.
“This year, the world marked three decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said Don Blanchon, Whitman-Walker’s executive director.

“It has been a year to reflect on what 30 years of HIV/AIDS has cost us, to remember loved ones no longer with us, and, for many who are too young to remember, to learn about what the darkest days of the epidemic were like,” Blanchon said.

He said the candlelight vigil would also reflect on an “increasingly bright future” due to recent medical advances that give hope for new and improved treatment options for people with HIV/AIDS.

Whitman-Walker announced it would be offering free confidential HIV testing on World AIDS Day at its Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center at 1701 14th St., N.W., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and at its Max Robinson Center at 2301 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., S.E., between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Free and confidential HIV tests were also scheduled to be offered from Whitman-Walker’s mobile testing vehicle at Dupont Circle during the Dec. 1 vigil.

Councilmember David Catania, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown are sponsoring a full day of public events at the John A. Wilson Building to mark World AIDS Day on Thursday December 1, 2011. All events are free and open to the public. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a mobile testing unit at the Wilson building and at 10 a.m. there will be a Committee on Health hearing titled HIV Education/Academic Detailing. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a public education and awareness fair in the Wilson Building Atrium, at 2 p.m. a Committee on Health Hearing: Seniors and HIV Legislation and Continuing Medical Education Requirements for Health Care Professionals, and the day will be capped off with a 3:30 pm AIDS 2012 briefing by local secretariat.

These additional World AIDS Day events were scheduled to take place in the D.C. area:

  • D.C. LGBT Community Center’s monthly Open Mic Night featuring poet and writer J.T. Bullock; “will have an HIV/AIDS theme in honor of World AIDS Day;” Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., D.C. LGBT Center, 1318 U St., N.W.
  • Remembering World AIDS Day Gospel Music Concert featuring Julia McGirt Nixon and the McGirt Singers with David Yivisaker; sponsored by Faith Temple Church, an LGBT-supportive congregation; Sunday, Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m., 1313 New York Ave., N.W.; $15 admission.
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