Nelson to join in on World AIDS Day

Every 12 seconds another person contracts HIV. Every 16 seconds another person dies of AIDS.

Every 12 seconds another person contracts HIV. Every 16 seconds another person dies of AIDS.

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. 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.

ANKORS and the Nelson United Church are hosting World AIDS Day on December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Nelson United Church – 602 Silica Street (corner of Josephine and Silica).

Join Rev. David Boyd and guest speakers for a candle light vigil in support and memory of those that have passed.

There will be live music featuring Marina Richards with the Metis Women’s Drumming Group and Bessie Wapp.

Food and beverages will be provided; music, thoughts and memories will be shared.

For information on HIV prevention, harm reduction, testing and support, please call 1-800-421-AIDS

Anyone who has sex without a condom or share needles when injecting drugs is at risk of HIV.

In North America (as of end of 2009) there were 1.5 million people living with HIV, 70,000 new infections, 26,000 deaths and approximately 0.5 per cent of the adult population carrying the virus.

An estimated 65,000 Canadians are living with HIV, and approximately 2,300 to 4,300 new HIV infections occurred in 2008.