World AIDS Day to be marked by local support group

World AIDS Day to be marked by local support group

Monday, Dec 1 2014 marks the 26th year of the global commemoration of World AIDS Day and the 13th year that the Calico Spirit and Nebraska AIDS Project are hosting a local event to honor those living with HIV in the Panhandle and southeast Wyoming.

The World AIDS Day recognition is a global, national and local effort to remind the public about the importance of ending the HIV epidemic. Currently, 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. (an estimated 1,148,200 adults and adolescents). Nearly one in five Americans living with HIV (18 %) are unaware of their infection. HIV infections continue at far too high a level, with approximately 54,000 Americans becoming newly infected with HIV each year. Nearly 18,000 people Americans will die this year from AIDS.

In western Nebraska, the Calico Spirit Support Group and the Nebraska AIDS Project will host a World AIDS Day event on Dec 1 at 5:45 pm at the Scottsbluff Hampton Inn. The evening will include a light meal, entertainment, an update on services available and the traditional candle lighting in memory of lives lost to AIDS. The public is invited to attend. To RSVP or for information about our services, please call Jill Young at (308) 672-0794

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