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AIDS Awareness Week set for December
QSanAntonio, November 9, 2013

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation is spearheading an effort to shed more light on the impact that HIV and AIDS have on the community by organizing a seven-day observance dubbed AIDS Awareness Week.

Every year, World AIDS Day is observed internationally on December 1. Using that day as the anchor point, AIDS Awareness Week organizers are encouraging community groups, schools, treatment centers and others to hold events during the week of December 1 through 7.

Regina Villalobos, the marketing director for SAAF says, "Through AIDS Awareness Week groups and agencies are allowed the flexibility to present more projects and events during the week rather than have them limited to just World AIDS Day. SAAF invites community groups to submit their events so they can be listed on the Awareness Week website."

“We initiated AIDS Awareness Week to extend service to the community,” says SAAF’s executive director, David Ewell. “By virtue of our name the public, understandably, assumes we know about all related AIDS-related events in the city, but we simply don’t. So we've developed a website where groups can list their Awareness Week events so the community can know what’s happening in our area."

San Antonio World AIDS 2009 photos by Antonia Padilla

Groups that want to have their events listed on the Awareness Week website should submit the information before the deadline of Thursday, November 21. To learn about the initiatives and to submit an event, visit saAIDS week.org. Any questions should be sent to marketing@txsaaf.org or call (210) 225-4715, ext. 141.

The San Antonio World AIDS Day observance will be held this year on December 1 at the Woodlawn Theater, 1920 Fredericksberg Road. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social, followed at 7 p.m. with a program presentation and ends at 8 p.m. with recessional of light.

On December 2, SAAF invites the public to join in a celebration of life and remembrance of those lost to AIDS. The gathering begins at 11:30 a.m. at SAAF House, 818 Grayson Street. There will be an opportunity to share the names of loved ones with the ceremony ending in a release of balloons.