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World AIDS Day Dec. 1 to mark 30th anniversary of epidemic

By |2018-01-15T21:24:09-05:00November 24th, 2011|News|

Monday, Nov. 28
Saginaw County Red Ribbon, A giant lighted red ribbon will light up the Saginaw County Governmental Center. Volunteers will construct the eight-foot ribbon as a symbol of a “call to action” against the disease, said Rev. Charles H. Coleman Sr., president of the Saginaw HIV Task Force and pastor at New Faith Temple Church. Ribbon will stand from Nov. 28-Dec. 2. Saginaw HIV Task Force, 111 S. Michigan, Saginaw. 1-800-872-2437. http://www.saginawcounty.com

Women Living with HIV, 11 a.m. A presentation from women living HIV+. Physicians for Human Rights at UM, 1241 E. Catherine St, Ann Arbor.

Tuesday, Nov. 29
SexUs Hold Em, 5 p.m. This is poker with a twist: Poker chips are replaced with condoms, and your conversation with the card dealer may be about abstinence. The purpose of this event is to educate individuals about safer sex practices and other serious issues surrounding sexual activity while enjoying the a game of poker. No experience necessary. There will also be prizes available from the Safe Sex Store for those who have the most chips at the end. This event is free. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – Delta Rho chapter, 1443 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor.

Film Screening: The Other City, 6 p.m. Washington, D.C., home to the capitol of the most powerful country in the world, has the nation’s highest HIV/AIDS rate. “The Other City” is a tribute to ordinary people struggling to live their lives in dignity, to the compassionate ones who lessen their pain, and to those who stand up to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS every day. This event is free. Physicians for Human Rights at UM, 1241 E. Catherine St, Ann Arbor.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Detroit World AIDS Day Commemoration, 7 p.m. Ecumenical Theological Seminary is gathering to remember the dead, pray for the living, and draw strength for the journey. Meal and fellowship to follow the service. Detroit World AIDS Day Commemoration Planning Committee, 2930 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-964-3113. http://www.Worldaidsdaydetroit.com

The Silence is Broken Volume I, 7 p.m. Producer, Composer and Pianist, Conductor and Musical Director Patrick Gandy is on a mission to halt the spread of HIV in our communities. He is using the creative and preforming arts to deliver his message that HIV is on the rise. Minority groups, specifically black women, are being afflicted disproportionately. Tickets: $20 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit. 949-240-4225. http://www.Thesilenceisbroken.org

Thursday, Dec. 1
The Criminalization of HIV/AIDS, 4 p.m. Todd Heywood will explore the intersection of the criminal law, social justice concerns and HIV stigma. Through an analysis of state laws and public policy, Heywood will show how criminalization of HIV has actually led to increased stigma of those with the virus and has resulted in increasing numbers of new infections. Grand Vallery State University’s LGBT Resource Center, 215 Eberhard Center – Pew Campus, Allendale. 616-331-2530. http://www.gvsu.edu/lgbtrc

Harm Reduction, 6:30 p.m. A presentation on needle exchange, the sole public health response to drug related HIV/AIDS. Such programs focus on decreasing the harm associated with drug use without necessarily focusing on reducing drug consumption. Grand Vallery State University’s LGBT Resource Center, 215 Eberhard Center – Pew Campus, Allendale. 616-331-2530. http://www.gvsu.edu/lgbtrc

World AIDS Day Mayor’s Breakfast with Jeane White-Ginder, 8 a.m. World AIDS Day Detroit Honorary Host Committee Chair Max Fisher, Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh, Wayne State University President Allan Gilmour, and Wayne State University Medical School Dean Dr. Valerie M. Parisi host Mayors Breakfast with keynote speaker and mother of Ryan White, Jeanne White-Ginder. World AIDS Day Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-961-5451. http://www.Worldaidsdaydetroit.com

Michigan Department of Community Health World AIDS Day Meeting 9:30 a.m. MDCH hosts community meeting for Detroit-area schools and community members with educational sessions, workshops and special 30 years of AIDS presentation. Michigan Department of Community Health, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit. http://www.Worldaidsdaydetroit.com

Annual World AIDS Day Program, 12 p.m. This annual event is hosted by the WSU Community Advisory Board (focused on research) and the Holistic Care Community Advisory Board and supported by the entire clinical team at the WSU Adult HIV/AIDS Program. The event starts with lunch at noon and the program begins at 1:00 and includes an HIV update (provided by one of the HIV Specialists) Consumer testimony and presentation of the Omari Mallisham award to an individual in the HIV community that has fought to make HIV treatment more effective. Dr. Patricia Brown, Chief of Medicine at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Associate Professor in Infectious Disease, will provide this year’s update. This event is for all persons infected and affected by HIV, healthcare providers, HIV staff (case managers, counselors) and all interested in remembering those lost to this disease and the current status of the treatment of HIV. There is no cost and all are welcome. WSU Adult HIV/AIDS Program Community and Holistic Care Community, 4717 St. Antoine, Detroit. 313-993-8703. bmcclatchey@med.wayne.edu

NOH8 on World AIDS Day, 2 p.m. In conjunction with World AIDS Day Detroit, NoH8 will have an open photo shoot at the Fillmore. This is the first time the NOH8 Campaign has traveled to Michigan. Reservations for photo shoots are not necessary. Solo portraits are $40 and couple/group portraits cost $25 per person. Come camera ready, wear white, pose and make a statement. NOH8 and the Fillmore Theater, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. http://www.Noh8campaign.com

World AIDS Day Concert, 2 p.m. The Wall Clocks will be playing a concert to help spread awareness to the global epidemic AIDS. Amnesty International and the GSA will conduct an informational session during the intermission. GSA will be selling red AIDS ribbons for $1, and all proceeds will go to the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Schoolcraft College GSA, Schoolcraft College, Livonia. Facebook: GSA – Schoolcraft College

“Bad Blood” Documentary Public Screening and Panel, 3:30 p.m. Free screening of Bad Blood. Through the eyes of survivors and family members, Bad Blood chronicles how a “miracle” treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated with deadly viruses from the 1960s through the early 1990s, the hemophilia community launched a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make it safer for all. Meet the producer and directory, Marilyn Ness and cast members Dana Kuhn and Eric Weinberg. World AIDS Day Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2365770082/efbevent

Wine Cellar Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m. Commemorate World AIDS Day and support local HIV/AIDS services by joining HARC for the 8th annual Wine Cellar. Enjoy a tasting of holiday wines supplied by Everyday Wines, delicious appetizers from local caterers, European style chocolates, and live jazz performed by the Jesse Kramer Trio. Tickets: $50 in advance or $60 at the door. RSVP at httphivaidsresource.org/winecellar. HIV/AIDS Resource Center, 220 Felch St., Ann Arbor. http://www.Hivaidsresource.org

HIV/AIDS Research Symposium, 6 p.m. Hear presentations from speakers who have done research and work with HIV and AIDS. Talks will vary in subject, showing the variance of work being done in the field. Presenters include Robert Wyrod (Women’s Studies), Michael Woodford (Social Work), and the Sexuality and Health Lab (Public Health). HIV/AIDS Awareness Committee as part of the University of Michigan’s Red Cross Club, 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor. http://www.Worldaidsweekum.wordpress.com

Ignorance Kills, 7 p.m. Watch a short video and engage in conversation about prevention of HIV and how to break the stigma and misconceptions surrounding HIV. Free to the public. CoitusLove, 419 S. State Street, Ann Arbor. http://www.Worldaidsweekum.wordpress.com

World AIDS Day Detroit Ceremony, 7 p.m. Join World AIDS Day Detroit for a special presentation on this 30th year of AIDS featuring Jeanne-White Ginder, a 30-year commemorative video, musical performances and candlelight vigil. Tickets: $10-125. The Fillmore Theater, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2458583690/eorg

Friday, Dec. 2
Getting to Zero: How Youth Can Stop, HIV/AIDS 4 p.m. This is an AIDS week event put together for teenagers to learn more about HIV/AIDS from the HIV/AIDS Resource Center of Ann Arbor. There will be music, slam poetry, stories from positive speakers, as well as a performance by the Corner Health Centers Theatre Troupe on relationships and HIV/AIDS. All teenagers who attend are encouraged to showcase their talents at this event through music, slam poetry, photography, or personal stories. HIV/AIDS Resource Center and Corner Health, 591 Armstrong Dr., Ypsilanti. http://www.Worldaidsweekum.wordpress.com

AIDS Memorial Quilt Viewing and Reception, 6 p.m. Join Affirmations in honoring those in the LGBT community and around the world that have died from AIDS. There will be a moment of silence, candlelight vigil, and we are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) to co-present the riveting film “Untitled” a film about HIV/AIDS activism by Jim Hodges, Carlos da Cruz & Encke King. Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale. 248-398-7105. http://www.Goaffirmations.org

Tuesday, Dec. 6
Spectrum Center 40th Anniversary Film Series Screening of, “Untitled” 6:30 p.m. “Untitled” is a non-linear montage of archival and pop footage recalling the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis. Spectrum Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 734-763-4186. http://www.spectrumcenter.umich.edu/

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