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Commemoration Ceremony and Go (RED) for World AIDS Day -- 12.1.2014

Press Release
December 1, 2014  

Jose Rodriguez, Columbus Public Health, 604-5025, [email protected]
Columbus Public Health to Host Commemoration Ceremony and Go (RED) for World AIDS Day
Ceremony and Illumination Part of Local Events to Raise HIV Awareness and Inspire Action

Public health officials and members of the Central Ohio HIV Planning Alliance (COPHA) will hold a World AIDS Day Commemoration Ceremony and Reading of the Names to raise awareness, to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and to commemorate those who have died during the fight.  The iconic Columbus Public Health and City Hall buildings also will go (RED) in honor of World AIDS Day today.
Dr. Teresa Long, Columbus Public Health Commissioner; Charleta Tavares, Ohio Senator; Michael Stinziano, State Representative.


World AIDS Day Commemoration Ceremony & Reading of the Names
7-9 p.m. on Dec. 1 -- Columbus Public Health (240 Parsons Ave.)

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In addition to the Commemoration Ceremony and building illumination, other World AIDS Day events in Columbus include:

Ohio Conference on HIV/AIDS
8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Dec. 1 – Hyatt Regency, Downtown Columbus (350 N. High St.)

A Reason to Dine, benefitting AIDS Resource Center Ohio.
Dec. 1 at various restaurants.  For participating restaurants. Visit

A Night of Artistic Performances
7-9 p.m. on Dec. 3 – Ohio State Saxbe Auditorium (55 W. 12th Ave.)

World AIDS Day Faith Service
6-8 p.m. on Dec. 4 – New Faith Baptist Church (955 Oak St.)

There are 3,000 people in Franklin County who are living with HIV/AIDS.  Columbus has the highest number of diagnosed cases in the state -- and ranks 21st in the nation. One in four new HIV infections occurs in youth ages 13 to 24 years.