Host of Bay Area events held for World Aids Day
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
November 30, 2006
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Bay Area organizations will
be hosting a variety of events on Friday that expose the impact
AIDS has had on the global community while educating the public
about the disease.
In an event sponsored by the AIDS Project East Bay, Congresswoman
Barbara Lee, D Oakland, will be publicly tested for HIV to highlight
the importance of testing and stop the spread of AIDS in the African
American community. Lee's test will take place at 9:30 a.m. at
499 Fifth St. in Oakland.
In San Mateo County, the San Mateo Medical Center will host a
commemorative event at 11 a.m. featuring a display of quilt panels
from the AIDS Memorial Quilt and addresses by Supervisor Rose
Jacobs Gibson and community members whose lives have been affected
by HIV and AIDS. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to noon at
the San Mateo Medical Center, 222 W. 39th Ave., San Mateo.
In San Francisco, Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White,
will be speaking at 12:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club at 595
Market St. Since her son contracted HIV as a result of hemophilia
treatments, White-Ginder has become a tireless AIDS activist.
At 2 p.m., a portion of the "Names Project" AIDS memorial
quilt will be on display in Marin County at St. Paul's Episcopal
Church at 1123 Court St. in San Rafael and travel the county throughout
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation will be holding a forum called
"Renew the Promise. End AIDS," at the Koret Auditorium
in San Francisco's Main Library at 100 Larkin St. The program
will begin at 3 p.m. and will discuss the future of the epidemic
in scientific terms. Panelists include HIV policy experts and
a representative from the Centers for Disease Control.
The AIDS Research Institute at the University of California at
San Francisco will be holding a jazz concert at 7 p.m. at 1675
Owens St. at 16th Street in San Francisco. The concert will feature
Spencer Day and Heather Lauren.
In commemoration of World AIDS Day the Museum of the African
Diaspora will kick off its "Shopping with Consciousness"
campaign featuring fair-trade items made in Africa to be sold
at the museum store. A portion of the proceeds will benefit orphans
living in South Africa with HIV and AIDS. A Bay Area father-daughter
team established a program that employs skilled South African
women who would otherwise work as porters, to create beautiful
one-of-a-kind blankets that will be sold in the museum store.
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