World AIDS Day has taken place on the first day of December every year since 1988 to bring attention to the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, mourn the people who have been lost to AIDS, and show solidarity with people living with HIV. The theme this year is “Getting to Zero,” the same theme set by the Worlds AIDS Campaign for the past four years. Over 1.2 million people in the United States live with HIV infection; almost 1 in 8 are unaware of their infection. In the U.S., an estimated 1,194,039 people have been diagnosed with AIDS, and approximately 658,507 people with an AIDS diagnosis have died.

PFLAG OCC and Coastal Aids Network are supporting a candlelight vigil at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on December 1 (6:00 pm). The event is funded by a grant from Levi Foundation. This grant also funds other events and activities including CAN’s HIV testing.

PFLAG Oregon Central Coast Chapter Newsletter, December 2015