World Aids Day
Editorial Staff | 10/30/2013, 9:45 a.m.
Call and Post to host inaugural World AIDS Day health fair
On Dec. 1 2013, many people around the globe will take the time to recognize World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with the disease, and to remember those who have lost their life. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and it’s the first global health day ever.
Globally, an estimated 34 million people are living with HIV. Among those statistics, African Americans are currently the most impacted group when it comes to this disease. And although the disease has been around for more than 30 years, sadly, people still do not have the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, stigma, and discrimination.
With that, the Call and Post Newspaper – in collaboration with The City of Cleveland’s Health Department, The Free Clinic and Radio One – has decided to host a health fair in attempt to bring more awareness to issues surrounding this HIV/AIDS.
The Call and Post World AIDS Day health fair will be held at the new Cleveland Convention Center on Sat. Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to live entertainment, guest speakers, performances, poetry, art and more; there will be access to free testing, information, services, resources and products.
Additionally, breakout sessions exploring topics concerning teens, seniors, and alternative lifestyles will be conducted.
Despite HIV/AIDS being such a serious issue, this will be a day of free fun day for the entire family.
“HIV/AIDS is killing us,” said Kevin Heard, Call and Post managing editor.” As an organization dedicated to empowering and uplifting the people, we had to do something to bring more awareness to the disease and to eliminate the myths and stigmas surrounding it.”