“Getting to Zero” is the theme selected by the World AIDS Campaign (WAC) for years 2011-2015 to commemorate World AIDS Day on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The theme echoes the UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS) vision of achieving ‘Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths.’
“Getting to Zero is the overall agenda for responding to HIV in the next five years, but the priority may be zero discrimination in some parts of the world and zero AIDS related deaths in some other parts-it’s important to keep this connection with the local realities.” said Djibril Dialio, Director of Global Outreach at UNAIDS.
The community is invited to the World AIDS Day 2012 event at the Laconia Public Library on Monday, December 3 at 6PM. The movie “Breaking the Surface- the Greg Louganis Story” will be shown. The movie tells the real-life story of Olympic diver Greg Louganis, a world-class diver in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. After suffering a concussion during the 1988 Olympic Games, Louganis went on to win two gold medals. After the games ended, Louganis was forced to face an even more challenging period and go public with his homosexuality and deal with his HIV-positive status. Following the movie, Erin Metcalf, HIV Surveillance Coordinator with the NH Division of Public Health, will share trends about HIV in New Hampshire and a Community Member will offer a personal perspective on HIV.
An AIDS Awareness display will be in the front lobby of the library from Monday, November 26-Tuesday, December 4, 2012.
For more information please contact Len Campbell, Laconia Human Relations Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Beverly Hammond, LRGHealthcare Community Care Manager at 524-3211 ext. 6564 (email@example.com).
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