World AIDS Day marks its 30thanniversary on Saturday. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day. Every year, World AIDS Day events take place across South Florida to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV.
This year’s theme is “Know Your Status.” There are several opportunities to get tested and find out. HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts the South. Florida is no exception. According to the Florida Department of Health, 116,944 persons were living with an HIV diagnosis in Florida at the end of last year. Nearly 5,000 people received an HIV diagnosis in Florida in 2017, and more than 2,000 received an AIDS diagnosis in Florida in 2017.
Here’s a list of a few of the events happening in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties:
Wednesday, Nov. 28
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Ribbons for the Children Art Contest – The World AIDS Museum hosts talented, young local artists who will honor World AIDS Day through artistic interpretation. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The World AIDS Museum is located at 1201 NE 26thStreet, #111, Wilton Manors.
Thursday, Nov. 29
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Resource Fair - World AIDS Day is one of LGBTQA Initiative’s signature events at Florida International University. This year’s Resource Fair consists of free HIV testing, free lunch, and features a moment of remembrance by the bay area to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS. It takes place Florida International University - Biscayne Bay Campus: Wolfe University Center Panther Square. 3000 Northeast 151st Street, Miami, FL 33181.
Saturday, Dec. 1st
World AIDS Day Vigil and Remembrance Walk - The Community is invited to come together for a vigil and walk in Wilton Manors. Broward House hosts this annual event. It begins at Hagen Park and participants walk down Wilton Drive united in memory, healing, and love. The candlelit walk will culminate at The Pride Center for a few words of respectful remembrance, support, and continued vigilance.
7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
AIDS Walk and Mini Health Fair - Community Health of South Florida holds its first-ever AIDS Walk along with a mini health fair. The Doris Ison Health Center is at 10300 SW 216th Street, Miami, FL 33190.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Transformation Conference - On World AIDS Day, the Southeast AIDS Education and Training Center will be hosting its 2018 Practice Transformation Conference. Primary care professionals, specialty care providers, nurses, case managers, and community advocates will review proven strategies in HIV care and prevention, discuss updates in HIV care policies and analyze collaborative care strategies. The conference takes place at the Grand Beach Hotel, 9449 Collins Ave., Surfside.
7 p.m. to Midnight
Art Show - AIDS Healthcare Foundation hosts an original art show displaying pieces of work from artists spanning from various Latin countries. Artistic performances, and special guest appearances will include Justin Quiles, Coastcity and the host of the evening will be Jessica Carrillo. AIDS Healthcare Foundation commemorates World AIDS Day every year to remind the global community that the fight to end HIV is far from over. The show takes place at the Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL.
Palm Beach County
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
World AIDS Day Observance - The mayor of Lake Worth will give a proclamation in commemoration of the event. The Voices of Pride chorus will perform followed by a few words by Rev. Chris Freeman. A candlelight vigil will then be held after the opening of the 30 Block Display of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
This display will be open to the public from Dec. 1 through Dec. 13. The observance happens at Compass Community Center, 201 N Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL.
Sunday, Dec. 2
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
World AIDS Day at The Pride Center - Co-hosted by Church of the Holy SpiritSong, the event features fellowship, food, giveaways, and free HIV testing. The Pride Center is located at 2040 N Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors.
4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
State of The Kiki Address - The Kiki Project is hosting "A Party with a Purpose." The party will be held at Stonewall Museum 2157 Wilton Drive and the attire is Wakanda African.
Monday, Dec. 3
Paseo del Edredon (Quilt Tour) - Tour of The Names Project Memorial Quilt in Spanish. This free event includes light snacks. Attendees are urged to register in advance at Paseodeledredon.eventbrite.com. The tour takes place at Compass, 201 N Dixie Hwy. in Lake Worth.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Tea on HIV - This event features an in-depth educational session on the history of HIV/AIDS, methods of transmission, and how to reduce transmission in the youth age group (12 to 18 years old). The tea is spilled at Compass, 201 N Dixie Hwy. in Lake Worth.
WAD Community Education Series (CES) – This event will recognize World AIDS Day and show the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Guest Speaker will be Ed Sparan, Advocate/PrEP Linkage Specialist of the Pride Center at Equality Park. Dinner will be served. Register at CesworldAIDSday.eventbrite.com. The dinner will take place at Compass, 201 N Dixie Hwy.