HUDSON VALLEY, NY (November 23, 2012) – Aids Related Community Services is sponsoring and supporting several World AIDS Day events throughout the Hudson Valley on December 1, 2012 with a variety of community partners. World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the globe. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. This year’s theme is “Getting to Zero.”
World AIDS Day efforts are organized globally by the World AIDS Campaign, which is using this World AIDS Day as a launching pad for four years of concerted efforts to get several key factors to zero: Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. Currently there are 34 million people living with HIV in the world; 25 million have already died. As of 2010, there are 6,200 people living with HIV in the Hudson Valley. 20% of people infected with HIV don’t know it yet.
ARCS will partner with the Catharine Street Community Center of Poughkeepsie and MAC Cosmetics for a “Kiss AIDS Goodbye” event on Saturday, December 1, at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Volunteers from both agencies will man a table with MAC employees to hand out free HIV/AIDS information and VIVA GLAM product samples. Visitors can fill out a red ribbon to hang on a display board, or they can leave a lipstick print to symbolically give a farewell kiss to HIV/AIDS. “We’re really excited to partner with ARCS and CSCC for this,” said Amy Haller, MAC store manager. “MAC has a long history of supporting community organizations working to fight the spread of AIDS.”
ARCS employees will also be participating in World AIDS Day events such as a panel discussion at Dutchess Community College, tabling at the Palisades Mall in Nyack, the Sullivan County AIDS Task Force’s event in Monticello, a vigil at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center in Kingston, and a rally in Newburgh. More activities are planned in Mount Vernon, Rosendale, and several other locations.
In Sullivan County, the AIDS Task Force of Sullivan County’s World AIDS Day Event will take place at at Hudson River Healthcare, 23 Lakewood Avenue, Monticello on Monday, December 3 from
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. There will be refreshments, speakers, and a balloon release to commemorate World AIDS Day. For more information, contact Allyson Wagner at 845-791-8871, ext. 14.
For details on these and other World AIDS Day commemorations, visit www.arcs.org/WorldAIDSDay.php.
ARCS’ mission is to promote prevention and wellness for all people, to encourage life-affirming decisions maximizing their quality of life, and to coordinate care for those living with complex health conditions. Founded in 1983, ARCS provides care and support for over 3,000 local residents annually through offices in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. Visit www.arcs.org for complete information on ARCS’ programs and services.