World AIDS Day 2021: How to take part in DC and beyond! – Metro Weekly – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Each year on December 1, the World Health Organization, governments, health officials, and community advocates from around the globe recognize World AIDS Day, an event dedicated to raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic, engaging in public education and outreach campaigns focused on curbing the spread of HIV, and remembering those who lost their lives to the disease.

This year’s World AIDS Day — the 34th of its kind — takes place on Wednesday, with local and national organizations organizing public HIV testing, panel discussions, vigils, conferences, and other events to mark the occasion.

Some larger-scale events, particularly those at the national level, will continue to be held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, although more local events are being held in person as vaccination rates slowly climb. All times are in EST, unless noted.

Locally, NovaSalud, Inc., a service organization that primarily serves the Latino community in Northern Virginia, will host in-person HIV testing on Dec. 1 at its Falls Church headquarters (2946 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Suite 3C) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to its HIV services, Novasalud also offers confidential, culturally-competent, and linguistically-appropriate testing and education for Hepatitis C, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis. For more information, visit www.novasaludinc.org or call 703-533-1858.

Us Helping Us, People Into Living, an HIV service organization focused on LGBTQ and Black communities, will provide free HIV and STI testing in the pharmacy area of the Safeway located at 2845 Alabama Ave. SE, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The organization will also have a presence at the Solidarity for Health Equity Breakfast, a virtual webinar from 9 to 11 a.m., co-hosted by Montgomery County HIV/STI Services and the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which will feature speakers on a variety of topics, including: racial disparities in women’s health; stigma surrounding the virus; the role of health equity in Montgomery County’s “Plan to End HIV” seeking to curb the spread of the virus by


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