November 23, 2011 at 9:20 am EST | by Staff reports
Candlelight vigil to mark World AIDS Day in D.C.
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.

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

  • A performance of the comedic play “The Infection Monologues,” which is about the personal stories of five HIV-positive men. Gay activist and actor Michael Sainte-Andress is among the five-person cast; Sponsored by D.C. LGBT Community Center—Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.; Thurgood Marshall Center Gymnasium, 1816 12th St., N.W.; $5 suggested donation.
  • “Red Hot Night” cocktail party to benefit Whitman-Walker Health; sponsored by Kimpton Hotels of Washington, D.C.; Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m.; Urbana Restaurant & Wine Bar, 2121 P St., N.W. $10 admission.
  • “A Taste of Virginia’s Own” wine tasting event to benefit the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM); Wednesday, Nov. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., sponsored by Kimpton’s Palomar Arlington, 1121 N. 19th St., Arlington, VA; $30 admission in advance, $35 at door.
  • 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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