BROOKINGS – Each day a person in the world living with HIV is a World AIDS Day.
Dec. 1 is the annual observance of World AIDS Day, and the local PFLAG chapter will be hosting an AIDS Service of Remembrance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Brookings United Church of Christ, 828 Eighth St. S.
The service of remembrance on Dec. 3 will include readings, special music, time for personal sharing and remembering those who have died from AIDS. The public is invited to attend.
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is “Communities Make the Difference.” The service of remembrance is an important opportunity to come together as a community to recognize the essential role that communities have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels.
Communities contribute to the AIDS response in many different ways. Communities’ leadership and advocacy ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded, keeping people at the center and leaving no one behind. The strong advocacy role played by communities is needed more than ever to ensure that AIDS remains on the political agenda and that human rights are respected and that decision-makers and implementers are held accountable.
Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people worldwide have died from HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. South Dakota currently has around 634 individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Brookings PFLAG provides education and support for parents, family and friends of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the Brookings area. For more information, contact president Teri Johnson at [email protected]