World AIDS Day Events in Broome County

BINGHAMTON, NY - In commemoration of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2007, the Binghamton Tri-County HIV Care Network will provide an information table and free, rapid HIV anonymous testing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UHS' Stay Healthy Center located at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY. Project WAVE NY will provide incentives for people who are tested. During this time Southern Tier residents can also stop by and sign fabric that will be donated to the National Names Project to be used as backing for future AIDS quilts.

Also, a Celebration of Remembrance for those who died from AIDS will be held on Monday, December 3, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, Binghamton, NY. Several local people will be honored for their commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS in our community at this event.

World AIDS Day, first established in 1988, serves to focus global attention on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It is estimated that 38.6 million people worldwide are living with HIV as of December 2005, and more that 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981 when HIV/AIDS was first discovered. In the U.S., it is estimated that there are over 1 million people living with HIV and approximately 40,000 new infections diagnosed each year.

These events are part of a collaborative project between the Broome County Health Department, Project WAVE NY, the Tioga County Health Department, and United Health Services Hospitals. For more information, contact Sandy Kosty, HIV Care Network Coordinator at 607.778.3066.