Whitman-Walker Health to Observe World AIDS Day 2012

Traditional Candlelight Vigil to Increase Public Awareness of Epidemic

Washington, DC –Whitman-Walker Health will observe World AIDS Day with its annual candlelight vigil at Dupont Circle beginning at 5:00 pm on Saturday, Dec. 1. Whitman-Walker’s mobile testing unit will be onsite to provide free HIV testing.

“My wish is that the year 2012 may be remembered as the beginning of the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” said Don Blanchon, executive director of Whitman-Walker Health. “Advances in medical care announced in 2012 now give us hope that we may, very soon, see the first AIDS-free generation in decades.

“This year’s World AIDS Day will not just be a time to remember the lost and those who continue to live with HIV; it will be a time to look toward a future with more hope than in recent years. We invite the entire community to join us for this special night.”

Thanks to our community partners: Bet Mishpacah, Community Education Group, Cornerstone Community, The DC Center / HIV Prevention Working Group, Food & Friends, GLMA - Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, HealthHIV, Heart to Hand, Inc., HIPS, Human Rights Campaign, International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), N Street Village, NovaSalud, Inc., Promising Futures, SMYAL, START at Westminster, Washington AIDS Partnership and the Women's Collective.

Other events for World AIDS Day:      

  • Saturday, Dec. 1: World AIDS Day Red Ribbon Menu at Zentan Restaurant, 1155 14th St., NW, 5:30-close. One hundred percent of proceeds from a selection of Zentan’s most popular appetizers, entrees and cocktails will go to Whitman-Walker Health, up to a total of $1,000. And for every item ordered, Kimpton hotels of Washington DC will match the amount dollar for dollar.
  • Friday, Nov. 30: Free confidential HIV testing will be available at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, 1701 14th St., NW, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit community health center located in Washington, DC. Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. Whitman-Walker Health offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; and medical adherence care management.  We are especially committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.