For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Alena Ritch-Wall , BHSHC Youth Programs Coordinator , (510) 981-5326

Commemorating World AIDS Day December 1

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, November 16, 2005) - The City of Berkeley HIV Prevention Program, working through the Berkeley High School Health Center, will host a community-wide event at the Florence Schwimley Little Theater in recognition of World AIDS Day, Thursday,      December 1. This event is open to the public for viewing from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

The theme set by the World AIDS Day Campaign for this year is “Stop AIDS! --  Keep the Promise.”  This event will bring students and the community together to recognize the impact that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has had worldwide. More than 20 years and 20 million deaths since the first AIDS diagnosis in 1981, the UNAIDS estimates that 38 million people are currently living with HIV.  Even though the cure is elusive, we have learned crucial lessons about what works best in preventing new infections and improving the quality and care for people living with HIV.


Thursday’s event will include a display of pieces of the AIDS Memorial Quilt inside the

Florence Schwimley Little Theater, hands-on learning activities for students, and booths staffed by local health and youth organizations providing information and resources about HIV and AIDS.


Community members interested in viewing the quilt must enter the theater from 1929 Allston Way (between Martin Luther King Jr Way and Milvia). You will be asked to sign-in and will be given a visitor’s pass.  For more information, please contact Alena Wall at (510) 981-5326 or Claudia Sanchez at (510) 644-6838 ext. 8.