The 2004 World AIDS Day theme is “Women and Girls, HIV and AIDS… Have you Heard Me Today?” The theme highlights the plight of females around the world.
According to the UNAIDS site, sponsored by the United Nations, “This year’s World AIDS Campaign seeks to raise awareness about, and help address, the many issues affecting women and girls around HIV and AIDS. Globally, young women and girls are more susceptible to HIV than men and boys, with studies showing they can be 2.5 times more likely to be HIV-infected [than] their male counterparts.”
“Their vulnerability is primarily due to inadequate knowledge about AIDS, insufficient access to HIV prevention services, inability to negotiate safer sex, and a lack of female-controlled HIV prevention methods. Women and girls are also more likely to face sexual violence, which can accelerate the spread of HIV.”
Tuesday, Nov. 30
Flint: In preparation for the observance of this year’s World AIDS Day, U of M Flint students will be viewing a movie, “24th Day” in the LGBT Center (365 UCEN). This suspense-thriller, revolving around an AIDS theme, will be followed by an organizational meeting in preparation for the AIDS Day event. Contact Christopher Young at [email protected]
Wednesday, Dec. 1
Grand Rapids area: Artists’ Express AIDS II. Create a piece of artwork using this year’s theme “Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS” as inspiration. The artwork will be displayed on Dec. 1 at Grand Valley State University’s Grand Rapids DeVos Center. Deadline for submitting art is Nov. 29. This event is sponsored by the Sexual Health Awareness Coalition of Kent County. For more information, visit www.mihivnews.com, or contact Michelle Johnson by phone at 616-336-2251 or email at [email protected]
9 a.m. – Noon.
Detroit: “The Changing Face of HIV” Sinai-Grace Main Hospital, ground floor; 6071 W. Outer Drive. Keynote Speaker: Loretta Davis-Satterla, MSA, Director, Division of HIV/AIDS-STD, Michigan Department of Community Health. Call 313-592-3518
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
East Lansing: Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display, Kresge Art Museum – Michigan State University. For more information contact Patrick Lombardi, Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) 517-394-3719, ext. 14.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Detroit: The Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of HIV/AIDS-STD is holding an observance at Cadillac Place, 3056 W. Grand Blvd in the Exhibit Hall. MDCH/DHAS plans to host over twenty area HIV/AIDS services and provide free confidential and anonymous HIV testing along with STD screenings. There will be live entertainment & local and state dignitaries on hand. For more information call Tracy L. Peterson-Jones at 313-456-4422 or MDCH/DHAS at 517-241-5900.
11 a.m. – Noon
East Lansing: World AIDS Day Observance, Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbott Road. Reading of proclamations, speakers, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt Display, and film, “In Women’s Hands” For more information contact Patrick Lombardi, Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN), 517-394-3719, ext. 14.
East Lansing: Silent March. The march will commence after the World AIDS Day observance. It will begin at the Hannah Community Center and will conclude on the campus of Michigan State University. A 15 minute demonstration will take place at Abbott Road and Grand River Avenue. For more information contact Patrick Lombardi, Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) 517-394-3719, ext. 14.
Ann Arbor: Lambda Literary Award winning writer Mark Doty reading from his prose and poetry in observance of the 16th annual Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day. At the University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street. Also at 5 p.m. the same day. Co-sponsored by U of M’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, the Office of LGBT Affairs, and the Women’s Studies Program. Call 734-763-8662 or visit www.umma.umich.edu.
Ann Arbor: “AIDS isn’t Over”: Sponsored by the HIV/AIDS Resource Center and other local CBOs, both UofM and Eastern University Health Services and other UofM organizations, the Washtenaw County Public Health STD/HIV Program and A Day Without Art, this event will be held at Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Rd. in Ann Arbor. Call 1-866-448-8378.
Flint: The community will observe World AIDS Day at the International Institute. Sponsors includeWellness Services, Woodside Church, Planned Parenthood, Mott College Gay Straight Alliance, Transgender Michigan and PFLAG. Contact Christopher Young at [email protected]
Traverse City: Community World AIDS Day Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil at the Oleson Center on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. The ceremony will close with a candlelight vigil. A panel of the AIDS Quilt will be on display, along with local resources and educational materials. Cookies, coffee, and punch will be shared following the ceremony and vigil. There will be a Red Ribbon sale and donations will collected; both will benefit the Angel Fund at the Thomas Judd Care Clinic. Sponsored by Spectrum at NMC, the Risk-To-Resilience Outreach Program, Friends North, and the Thomas Judd Care Clinic. Call Lisa Blackford at 231-995-1043, Brian Simerson at 231-499-1653 or email [email protected]
East Lansing: Benefit Concert at Michigan State University’s Fairchild Theatre, sponsored by the MSU Olin Health Center and Residence Halls Association For more information contact Patrick Lombardi, Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN)517-394-3719, ext. 14.
Saginaw: Candlelight service in commemoration of World AIDS Day held by the Tri-County/Thumb Area HIV/AIDS Task Force. Victorious Believers Ministires, Church of God in Christ, 624 South Outer Drive. This is a free event and the general public is invited to attend. Donations to the task force are appreciated. For more information, please contact Tom Brubaker, co-chair Tri-County/Thumb Area HIV/AIDS Task Force, at BASIS, 989-894-2991.
Royal Oak: Archdiocese of Detroit candlelight vigil, National Shrine of the Little Flower, corner of Twelve Mile and Woodward. People with HIV/AIDS, their caregivers, loved ones and all who are touched by HIV/AIDS are invited. Call 248-541-4122 or 313-237-5978.
Detroit: World AIDS Day event at Menjo’s. All proceeds go to Wellness House. Tickets are $25.00. Tickets are available at the bar. Email [email protected] for more information.
Ann Arbor: The Detroit Billiards League’s 2nd Annual World AIDS Day Invitational Tournament at the /aut/ Bar, 315 Braun Court, Ann Arbor. For more information call Kevin Krupsky, Detroit Billiards League, 313-319-6884
Thursday, Dec. 2
Royal Oak: Steppin’ Out, producer of AIDS Walk Detroit will hold its 2004 Grant Distribution Announcement at the Royal Oak Women’s Club. For more information call 248-399-9255 or visit www.aidswalkdetroit.org.
Friday, Dec. 3
Detroit: WAGS afterglow party with the cast of “Evita.” Fundraiser for WAGS, which helps PWHIV/AIDS take care of their pets. Cover: non-perishable pet food or supplies. At Diamond Jim’s, at the corner of Warren and Evergreen. Hors D’Oeuvres, raffle, live & silent auction, special entertainment. Contact Tod Scott at [email protected] or [email protected]
Sunday, December 5
Pontiac: ONE Voice Chorus performance: Remembering & Supporting People with AIDS; First United Methodist Church of Pontiac, 14 Judson Street. Led by the Rev. Thomas L. Taylor, Jr. Featuring panels of the AIDS Quilt and an AIDS Memorial Tree. For more information call 248-334-3856.