December 1st will once again mark the arrival of World AIDS Day, a global event held each year to honor the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, and to offer our hope and support to those living with HIV. Spokane Regional Health District and Spokane AIDS Network are co-chairing the event this year, and together, they invite the community to join them in commemorating World AIDS Day.
Spokane’s event will take place on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave., in the upstairs gala area. The commemoration will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and complimentary refreshments will be served. The evening will culminate in a silent vigil by candlelight to pay homage to those who have passed away.
Over 18,000 people in Washington state have been diagnosed with HIV since the first case in 1982. Of these, nearly 8,000 people died. But with advances in HIV medications, affected people are living longer and healthier lives. HIV medications, taken daily as prescribed, also decrease the chances a person will transmit the virus to others.