World AIDS Day: Celebrating Success!

Danielle Jordan, Emergency Services Intake Coordinator

30 November 2016

Each year, community organizations around the globe set aside December 1st to celebrate World AIDS Day. This year, Union Mission will take part in the festivities while adding its own spin.

First established in 1988, World AIDS Day began as a way for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The idea was to use the day to gather support for those living with the disease and honor those who had been lost. Union Mission will use this year’s event not just to commemorate those who have died, but also to celebrate how far we’ve come in the battle. Union Mission’s Phoenix Project works year-round to provide housing and social services to those living with the disease, and the passion of its staff members drives the effort. There are currently over 1,400 people living with HIV in Chatham, Bryan, and Effingham counties. While programs like Phoenix Project continue to work tirelessly to prevent the disease through education, they have good reason to take a day to focus on progress. Because of medical advances, an HIV/AIDS diagnosis no longer suggests the dire fate it once did.

Celebrate World AIDS Day!

William Solomon works as an HIV Health Educator at Phoenix Project and he views World AIDS Day as a day to celebrate. Although he takes the challenges of an HIV diagnosis seriously and recognizes the hardships it can often bring, he wants everyone to know that Union Mission’s World AIDS Day event will be a celebration of life and the advances made in HIV healthcare.

“In 2016, anyone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS has a chance not just to live, but to be alive. That’s the difference in the past and the present. We have more tools in our fight.” – William Solomon, HIV Health Educator, Phoenix Project

This year’s event will take place on December 1st at Savannah Gardens, located at 515 Pennsylvania Avenue, and will last from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. Families are welcome and encourages to attend. Local vendors and social service organizations will be available to provide information. There will be free food and music.

Please join us for a celebration of how far we’ve come in the fight against AIDS!

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