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Candlelight Vigil, Healing Service Planned For World Aids Day, Dec. 1 (posted: 11/1/11)
Source: Volusia County Health Department
Contact: Stefany Strong, Public Information Officer
DAYTONA BEACH – Residents are invited to observe World AIDS Day and support those affected by HIV/AIDS at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1014 N. Halifax Ave., Daytona Beach.
The evening will begin at the Grotto followed by a candlelight walk to Colin’s Park, where Pastor Pete Keirstead from A Family Church will lead a remembrance service for those who have lost their battle with HIV/AIDS. An interfaith prayer and healing service will begin in the church at 7 p.m., followed by a reception in the chapel.
“Please join us on this day of observance, memory and healing as we show support for those affected by AIDS,” said Dr. Bonnie Sorensen, director of the Volusia County Health Department. “This is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of AIDS not only in Volusia and Flagler counties, but throughout the United States and around the globe.”
The World Health Organization established the first World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 1988. Since then, community leaders across the world have used it to raise awareness, commemorate those who have died, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. The theme for this year's observance is "Getting to Zero" Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.
An estimated 33.3 million people, including 1 million Americans, are living with HIV. More than 1,400 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Volusia and Flagler counties.
- Florida ranks third in the number of adult AIDS cases nationally.
- It is estimated that over 100,000 Floridians are living with HIV.
- In 2009, African-Americans made up 38 percent of HIV cases and 41 percent of AIDS case in Volusia and Flagler counties despite representing 9 percent of the population.
- The AIDS case rate is 20 times higher among black females than white females in Volusia and Flagler counties.
- Men who have sex with men made up more than 57 percent of the adult HIV cases reported in 2009 and 2010 in Volusia and Flagler counties.
The Volusia County Health Department provides a number of programs and services to care for people living with HIV/AIDS who may be unable to afford care and counseling.
For more information about the health department’s HIV/AIDS programs/services, please call 386-274-0634 or visit www.volusiahealth.com.
This event is being organized by the local World AIDS Week committee and the interfaith religious community of greater Daytona Beach. A number of events are planned during the week to recognize World AIDS Day.
WORLD AIDS DAY PARTICIPANTS
A Family Church
Allen Chapel, AME
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Baha’i of Volusia County
Basilica of St. Paul
Bethel Baptist Church, New Smyrna Beach
Celebration Christian Church
Devine Deliverance Ministries
Diggs Miracle Network
First Christian Church of Daytona Beach
First Presbyterian Church
Flamingo Florist and Gifts
Greater Friendship Baptist Church
Halifax Urban Ministries
Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida
Hindu Cultural Association of Daytona Beach
Holy Dormition Byzantine Catholic Church
Joel Lawrence Foundation, Inc.
Luke 4:18 Ministries
Ministries for Christ Outreach Inc.
New Church Family
New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
New St. James Missionary Baptist Church
Ormond Beach Florist
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Outreach Community Care Network
Partnership for Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Planning
Positive Health Care/AIDS Health Foundation
Springhill Neighborhood Association
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Health Care
Tubman King Community Church
Unitarian Universalist Society of the Daytona Beach Area
VITAS Hospice of Volusia and Flagler Counties
Volusia County Health Department
Page last updated: 11/1/11