As the international community marks World AIDS Day on December 1, 2008, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma calls for renewed attention to the importance of testing and prevention to stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections like HIV/AIDS.
“Today, we reflect on the wide-reaching impact of HIV/AIDS and call upon elected officials to face these challenges with commonsense solutions to protect women, men and teens around the world,” said Terry Dennison, Director of Education for PPCO. “Through a real investment in education and testing, we can begin to effectively prevent the spread of this disease.”
Special events in our area include:
The annual World AIDS Day Memorial Service will be held Monday, Dec. 1, at the Mayflower Congregational Church at 3901 N.W. 63rd Street in Oklahoma City. The event is sponsored by the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma and is supported by various community-based organizations including R.A.I.N., Red Rock North, Guiding Right, Inc. (G.R.I.), Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, Logan County Health Department, Other Options and AIDS Walk of OKC. The event starts at 7 p.m., is open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend.
On Monday, Dec. 1, Guiding Right, Inc., will be providing counseling and HIV testing at Langston University from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A Guiding Right, Inc. representative will also be presenting at a luncheon held on the same day.
The Health, Outreach, Prevention, Education (H.O.P.E., Inc.) in Tulsa is participating in a community-wide remembrance ceremony on December 1 at Unity Church of Christianity, 3355 S. Jamestown, Tulsa. The Tulsa AIDS Coalition sponsors the event and it will begin at 6 p.m.