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“Communities Make a Difference”

World AIDS Day observed at Main Beach on Sunday

World AIDS Day is observed around the world on the first day of December; this year it falls on Sunday and an event will be held at the cobblestone area of Main Beach. The Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee hosts the event, which will begin on Sunday, Dec 1 at 4 p.m., with a Candlelight Vigil starting at 5 p.m. 

The theme this year is “Communities Make a Difference.” The mission of the Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee is: “Education about HIV, its transmission and prevention, plus assistance and support of those living with HIV/AIDS. We strive to diminish the social stigma still associated with HIV/AIDS.”

Communities make two ribbons

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Red ribbons honoring those taken by HIV/AIDS

By holding a brief, nondenominational memorial service on the cobblestone area of Main Beach, the HIV Advisory Committee of the City of Laguna Beach will honor those who have died of the infection and continue HIV awareness and support. With help from local high school volunteers, the tree trunks in downtown Laguna will be adorned with red ribbons honoring those taken by this disease. 

Communities make one ribbon

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World AIDS Day observed on Sunday, Dec 1 

These ribbons will bear the names of people who lost their lives to AIDS. The memorial will be conducted by the Reverend BJ Beu and all are invited to participate in this heartfelt service.

AIDS was once a fatal illness, but now that treatment is better, people rarely die of the disorder. Early treatment is one of the keys to success, so anyone interested it free HIV testing will be given a coupon for a free anonymous test at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic. No appointment is needed, and the coupon never expires.


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