Saturday, November 26, 2011

BIENESTAR TO COMMEMORATE WORLD AIDS DAY!


The premier Latino health and wellness organization presents a moving service honoring those who have lost their lives to AIDS
 

LOS ANGELES, CA– On December 1, 2011, Bienestar Human Services (BIENESTAR) will host its annual World AIDS Day celebration, “Unidos En Esperanza” (United in Hope).  The celebration consists of an ecumenical service in which we remember and honor the people who have died from AIDS. 

Since the beginning of the epidemic, an estimated 617,025 people with AIDS have died in the U.S.  This event is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic and fight against the stigma and discrimination related to this disease. The 2011 World AIDS day theme is “Getting to Zero: 0 new HIV infections, 0 Stigma, 0 HIV related diseases.”

Hundreds of people attend this event each year which both honors those that have passed as well as focuses on demonstrating support for those currently infected or affected by HIV.  It is also an opportunity to raise awareness on the issue and the need for public support and programming around HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

BIENESTAR has been committed to providing vital health services to southern California’s most underserved populations since its founding. This is a critical endeavor considering the World Health Organization’s assertion that most people living with HIV or at risk for HIV do not have access to prevention, care, and treatment. In the United States more than 17,000 people with AIDS die each year, Additionally, BIENESTAR concentrates its work on Latinos who have been disproportionately affected by HIV: Latino men are infected at a rate that is double that of white men, Latino women are infected at a rate four times that of white women, and in Los Angeles County, Latino gay men and transgender Latinas have the highest positivity rate of HIV infection.



WHAT:
Unidos en Esperanza, United in Hope – an evening program in honor of World AIDS Day
WHO:
Oscar De La O
BIENESTAR President and CEO
Persons living with HIV/AIDS to give personal testimonies
Family members of persons who have died of AIDS
WHERE:         
Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels (Placita Olvera)
535 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
WHEN:
World AIDS Day
Thursday, December 1, 2011
6:30 PM 9:30 PM



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