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World AIDS Day 2013

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World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Government and health officials observe the day, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

Metro DC Area Events:

District of Columbia

Candlelight Vigil and World AIDS Day Remembrance 
Sunday, December 1, 2013; 5 PM
Corner of 14 and S Streets, NW

Join Whitman-Walker Health as they sponsor the annual candlelight event. HIV testing will be available.

Chocolatada & Paneton’ Gathering
December 3, 2013; 6 PM – 7 PM
La Clínica del Pueblo’s ¡Empodérate! Youth Center on 3055 Mount Pleasant Street NW, Washington, DC

This will take place immediately following La Clinica’s Vigill & Candlelight Walk (See Event Listed Below) Email [email protected] for more information or go to

La Clinica del Pueblo: HIV Testing outreach event in collaboration with Whitman-Walker Health
Tuesday, December 3, 2013; 2 PM – 5 PM
La Clínica del Pueblo’s ¡Empodérate! Youth Center on 3055 Mount Pleasant Street NW, Washington, DC; email [email protected] for more information or go to

Movie Screening: ”Inside Story”
Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 5 PM to 8 PM
Howard University College of Medicine - NUMA PG Adams Building
520 W St NW, Washington, DC 

Inside Story brings together an all-star, pan-African cast in a compelling story of soccer, love, and HIV/AIDS. The film was produced by the nonprofit Discovery Learning Alliance (formerly known as Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership) in conjunction with Quizzical Pictures.
More Information

Oasis Dance Company
Sunday, December 1, 2013 @ 4 PM
Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ 
3845 South Capitol Street, SW, Washington, DC

The Oasis Dance Company will take four stories of those effected and/or affected by HIVAIDS and present them on World AIDS Day.  Each story will be accompanied by music and translated through art, whether that is Poetry, Acting, or Dance.
Email [email protected] for more information.

Our Heroes 2013 Photo Exhibit 
Monday, December 2; 5 PM – 8:30 PM
Opening Installation and Reception

Whitman-Walker in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Library
Please email Wallace Corbett at [email protected]   for more information

Teen Space
Sunday, December 1, 2013 @ 2 PM
Martin Luther King Library

Help us raise awareness this year in Teen Space with free and confidential HIV Testing, a sexual health informational session with interactive activities, and games for prizes. HIV testing will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the program starting 2 p.m.
Receive a free gift card when you're tested.

Vigil & Candlelight Walk from La Clínica to its ¡Empodérate! Youth Center
Tuesday, December 3rd 2013; 5 PM – 6 PM
La Clínica del Pueblo on 2831 15th Street NW, Washington, DC

Email [email protected] for more information or

Us Helping Us , People Into Living  “World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil”
Sunday December 1, 2013;  7 PM
Us Helping Us, People Into Living (Headquarters)  3636 Georgia Ave NW Washington DC  20010  (1/2 blk south of Ga. Ave/Petworth Metro Stop (Green Line) behind the CVS

Annual Candlelight Vigil will honor the memory of those lost in the battle to AIDS and offer reflection on the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on the world.  Open to the Public.
Contact Brandon Armani, IPA  for more infroamtion at 202 446-1100  [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

Suburban Maryland

World AIDS Day 2013: Getting to Zero
Wednesday, December 4, 2013; 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD

The MCAC 2013 World AIDS Day symposium will focus on new perspectives of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, with specific emphasis on the impact on those living with HIV/AIDS, including the collateral issue of healthcare insurance, senior citizen statistics, mental health and family/caregiver considerations.

For more information, visit:

Northern Virginia

Join Forces
Tuesday, December 3; 6 PM
Busboys and Poets,  Shirlington, 4251 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA
Awards and recognition ceremony. $10.00 per ticket

Call (703) 789-4467 for more information or go to!world-aids-day/c147j or REGISTER HERE to attend

Northern Virginia Community College
Sunday, December 1; All Day
Medical, 6699 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield, VA 2215

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Show your support by wearing red or red ribbons and learning more about protecting yourself and others against the spread of HIV/AIDS.