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World AIDS Day 2020

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The theme for the 2020 observance is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact” (“Erradicar la epidemia del VIH/SIDA: Resiliencia e Impacto”).

DC Health would like to take this time to remember and honor Dr. Ron Simmons who campaigned for those living with HIV as well as prevent new HIV diagnoses.

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.

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  • Mighty Real & Mighty Resilient 
    A virtual World AIDS Day event
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    7 pm
    Register Here

    A community collaboration with DC Health, Serve DC, and the Human Rights Campaign Fund. A World AIDS Day Celebration will spotlight the interconnectedness of both pandemics -- the lives lost, the survivors, the activism, and the heroes and the impact of COVID-19 on people living with HIV/AIDS
  • HIPS
    906 H Street, NE
    December 1, 2020
    11 am

    Care packages will be distributed at the HIPS location on H Street, NE
  • AIDS at the Intersection of Community, Science, and Policy: 
    Whitman-Walker revisits its now several year partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History for its World AIDS Day observance. 
    Thursday, December 3, 2020
    3 pm - 4 pm
    Join the Conversation or get more Information
  • Ending HIV in Montgomery County- A World AIDS Day Conversation
    Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 1pm - 2pm
    Contact: Emily Brown, Ending the HIV Epidemic Program Manager | [email protected] or 240-773-1172

    Join Montgomery County’s Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles and panelists for a virtual discussion about plans to end Montgomery County's HIV epidemic. 

  • Film Screening of "5B"
    George Washington University

    December 1, 2020
    6 pm - 9 pm
    A film about the early HIV epidemic at San Francisco General with a panel discussion afterwards including the actors (nurses) from the film.

  • World AIDS Day 2020 – Science and Community: Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected
    National  Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research 
    11 am -12:30 pm.
    To learn more and find out how to view the event, see World AIDS Day 2020
  • La Clinica del Pueblo
    Two HIV testing outreach events, from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at:
    • La Clinica’s La Casa Community Health Action Center: 3166 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
    • Prince George’s mall metro station: 2970 Belcrest Center Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20782
      Also, we will be facilitating a Facebook Live event at 5:00 PM on our La Clinica del Pueblo - Centro Empoderate Facebook page to have a community discussion on HIV awareness.
  • “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility”:  Ecumenical online prayer service on World AIDS Day
    The World Council of Churches will host an online prayer service on World AIDS Day.

    Timing of online prayer service on World AIDS Day, 1 December:
    4.30 PM Central European Time -Berlin, Geneva, Kinshasa, Lagos, Luanda;
    9.30 AM Chicago;
    10.30 AM- New York, Bogota, Washington, DC
    3.30 PM Dakar; Lome;
    5.30 PM Harare, Johannesburg;
    6.30 PM Nairobi, Kampala;
    9.00 PM New Delhi;
    10.30 PM Bangkok;
    Join the Prayer On- Line
  • Live with Leadership World AIDS Day Edition
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    2 pm
    Register Here

    Join Harold Phillips, and other federal and community speakers. Learn how to submit questions in advance or during the conversation.
  • Rock the Ribbon
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
    Register and attend this event
  • Saving Our Sisters (SOS) World AIDS Day
    Tuesday, December 1, 2020
    7 pm - 8:30 pm

    In loving memory of Dr. Ron Simmons
    More Information
  • See You There: Making History at Whitman-Walker:
    The Corner at Whitman-Walker opens its inaugural exhibit See You There: Making History at Whitman-Walker – timed to coincide with World AIDS Day.
    December 5, 2020 - March 28, 2021
  • World AIDS Day 
    Access to Wholistic and Productive Living, Inc
    3611 43rd Avenue Colmar Manor, MD
    Access to Wholistic and Productive Living, Inc will be hosting a drive-up HIV testing event at Colmar Manor, MD on World AIDS Day from 11AM-2PM with our community partner Senator Malcolm Augustine. We will be giving out free boxed lunches as well as other health educational resources.
  • World AIDS Day 2020: A National Conversation
    National AIDS Memorial
    Tuesday, Decemeber 1, 2020
    I pm EST (10 AM PST)
    More Information 
  • Whitman-Walker Health
    40th Anniversary Documentary:

    Watch Fearless at 40: The Story of Whitman-Walker, an hour-long documentary on Whitman-Walker’s shared history with community, continuation of the 40 Stories project and produced with DCTV
    Watch on Facebook
  • More World AIDS Day Events from Accross the Nation and Around the World