Later today in Boston: The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Fenway Health will host a vigil celebrating life and honoring those affected by HIV/AIDS on at 12:00 PM at the AIDS Memorial Tree on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall near Kenmore Square. If you have any questions, please contact the sisters at email@example.com.
A different sort of pandemic will be remembered next week on World AIDS Day, December 1st. The impact of AIDS on the LGBTQ community in the 1980s and 1990s is difficult to put into context but there are many parallels to the current pandemic. In both cases, people felt isolated and afraid. Medical treatment and care was not as readily available to the LGBTQ community nearly as quickly and many died alone. Forty years later, there remains no cure to AIDS / HIV but quality of life continues to get better.
Please bring a mask and observe social distancing but the ever resourceful sisters will have on hand PPE to share including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for anyone who may need them. A digital version of the vigil will also be posted on social media following the event.
I’m still traveling, but I wanted to remind everyone that today is World AIDS Day.
The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the largest AIDS Service Organization in New England and they are always looking for volunteers and donations. Interested? You may learn more about how to get involved or to make a donation by visiting here.
If you live in Boston, look to the Prudential this evening. The top of the building will be alight in red in honor of World AIDS Day. If you would like to learn more about World AIDS Day you may visit here.
Today is World AIDS Day. Acknowledged in nearly every nation, this day draws attention to the fact that AIDS is still very present. Now 30-years old, HIV / AIDS is no longer the death warrant it was when it first appeared and was referred to as a “Gay Cancer”.
Despite progress that has been made in educating the public here in the US and globally, the United Nations estimates that a jaw dropping 33 million people live with HIV / AIDS
AIDS has killed more than 25 million people and more than 580,000 Americans. This ranks AIDS with malaria and tuberculosis as one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the world
More than 15 million children have been orphaned by HIV
In the US more 1.1 million people are living with HIV/AIDS and the CDC estimates 20% (220,000 people) do not know they are HIV+
The Boston Living Center will be hosting a World AIDS Day celebration, lighting the Prudential Tower red. Today’s ceremony will occur in the center of the mall near the customer service desk in the atrium and will run from 4:30 – 6:00pm. You can read more about the program on the event facebook page.
Contact your local AIDS Service Organization (ASO) to volunteer or make a donation. New England has several worthwhile ASOs but I prefer to donate to the AIDS Action Committee of MA.