The public is invited to a World AIDS Day event Dec. 1, 2009, at the Snohomish Health District at 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett, WA. The day includes community health information displays, free or low-cost confidential testing by HIV prevention counselors from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and a 5:30 p.m. walk to Everett’s HIV/AIDS memorial at 3000 Rockefeller Ave.
An evening program begins at 6 p.m. with introductory remarks by Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District; and a presentation by Dr. Christian Ramers, a physician and global health scholar whose current projects far and near include advising TB-HIV clinicians in Mozambique, and staffing the Harborview/Madison Clinic satellite clinic in south Snohomish County.
The event also features music, light refreshments, and concludes at 7 p.m. following a candlelight vigil.
Washington state diagnosed its first case of AIDS in 1982. By December 2008, 17,000 people had been reported as having HIV or AIDS. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) estimates that currently 11,500 to 12,700 people are living with HIV disease in Washington State. In Snohomish County, 628 people have HIV/AIDS.
More information: Washington State DOH www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/hiv_aids/prev_edu/Statistics.htm CDC National Prevention Information Network www.cdcnpin.org United Nations HIV/AIDS Program www.unaids.org/en/
Celebrating 50 years of public health service to Snohomish County in 2009, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Call 425.339.5251 for information about Snohomish Health District’s HIV/AIDS education and outreach programs and services, or visit our Web site: www.snohd.org.