On Dec. 1, thousands of people observed Worlds AIDS Day as a reminder that the disease infects a new person every 9.5 minutes. African Americans are disproportionately affected by the fatal disease, making up more than half of new cases across the United States. Black women are increasingly the face of what was once primarily a White gay man's disease. Most women get the disease from heterosexual contact with heterosexual men or through sharing needles when injecting drugs.
In the Portland area, there were a number of events related to World AIDS Day. Listed below are just a few events. For the full listing, visit http://www.worldaidsdayportland.org/events
AIDS Day Walk
Dec. 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
715 SW Morrison St.
Columbia-Willamette Women of Vision's AIDS Walk for Orphans:
In honor of World AIDS Day, take 6,000 steps to raise awareness and funds for the 6,000 children orphaned each day by AIDS.
The walk will begin at Pioneer Square at 9:30 a.m. and will continue towards the Pearl District, loop back to PSU, and end at Pioneer square by 11:30am.
Everyone will receive a World Vision orange t-shirt, and to spread awareness signs and cards will be available to carry and pass out along the way.
Create your own fund-raising page, or join a team here: http://www.firstgiving.com/WOVAIDSWalk
World AIDS Day Display
Nov 25 to Dec. 5
Check out the World AIDS Day display created by the CAP community in the window of the new Men's Wellness Center, 209 SW 4th Avenue, from Nov. 25 through Dec. 5.
Solidarity for Life: a community art piece
Starting Nov. 30
Quest Center for Integrative Health will be working with the 100th Monkey's Art Studio to create a Live Art Piece in honor of World AIDS Day.
The piece will be transported to the 100th Monkey's Art Studio on Thursday, Dec. 3 for their month long exhibit on HOPE. Community Members are welcome to add additional pieces to the work of art during the art opening, Friday December 4, 2009 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Falsettos In Concert
Dec 1 at 7:30 p.m.
World Trade Center Theater
121 SW Salmon Street
Half of each ticket is donated to Our House and Cascade AIDS Project.
Live On Stage presents Falsettos In Concert in honor of World AIDS Day. Winner of the 1992 Tony Awards for best book and musical score, Falsettos tells the jaunty tale of Marvin who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son's bar mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread.
Global Health Week
Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
2255 NW Northrup St. City Portland
Linfield College's Portland campus will host a Global Health Week featuring various speakers, exhibitors, artists, musicians, restaurants, and more.
On December 1st, the focus will be on World AIDS Day. Key issues relating to the global impact of AIDS will be explored. The event will be a fundraiser for the Oregon Student Nurses' Association and Linfield's chapter of Nursing Students Without Borders, both of which support nursing students as they travel to promote health and provide services on a global scale.
9.5 minutes World AIDS Day
Dec. 1 7 – 8 p.m.
1400 Franklin St. in Vancouver
Televised event to be held in the Department of Elections Meeting Room, plans are for the event to be educational, with guest speakers, and a time of remembrance.
HIV Day Center Breakfast
Dec. 1, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Concordia University, Hagen Center, 2811 NE Holman St.
Come join us at our EMO HIV Day Center annual fundraising breakfast sponsored by Concordia University and Sodexo. There is no charge for the breakfast, however, donations will be solicited during the event.
The keynote speaker at this year's event will be Multnomah County Chair, Ted Wheeler. Please RSVP to Cathleen Prostak at 503-460-3822.
Kaiser Observes World AIDS Day
Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Immune Deficiency clinic (located at Kaiser Permanente East Interstate Medical Office) will be hosting a special display in observance of World AIDS Day. This year we will be focusing on the fact that every 9.5 minutes someone in the U.S. gets infected with HIV. Clearly this disease has not gone away.
The ZoomUganda traveling exhibit will be on display. It focuses on the lives of 12 orphaned high-school-age girls in an AIDS-ravaged village in Uganda were each given a digital camera and 24 hours to document their daily lives. The girls also kept journals about what they hoped their photos conveyed.
The exhibit will be on display until Thursday, December 3. If you don't get a chance to see it at Interstate, you can meet the girls and find out more at www.zoomuganda.org
Condom Fashion Show
Dec. 4, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
University of Oregon, EMU Ballroom, in Eugene
Students design and create outfits made entirely of condoms. They present them in a fashion show in the catwalk. There will be educational speakers and skits during the show. Organizations can table and present information to attendees in the lobby. The idea is to promote HIV/AIDS awareness as well as edutainment!
Performance by Ugandan Orphan's Choir
Dec. 3, Noon to 1 p.m.
1120 SW Fifth Ave., 2nd Floor Auditorium, in Portland
The Ugandan Orphans Choir brings a message of hope to American audiences through the traditional rhythmic dances and songs of Africa. View the choir performing a traditional dance. Performances include colorful African costumes and traditional instruments such as drums and pan pipes as the children sing and dance tribal songs from all over Africa. Many of Uganda's orphans are due to AIDS.