Allegany County Maryland Cares About HIV, a community-based advocacy organization, will be observing World AIDS Day. The event will be held on Saturday, December 1, from 4-8:30PM at the New Embassy Theatre and on the mall in front of the theatre in Downtown Cumberland. A coalition of dedicated volunteers, the Allegany County Health Department, the Allegany County Department of Social Services, Cumberland Setusfree and the New Embassy Theatre, will bring HIV/AIDS issues to the attention of our community.
The program starts at 4PM with a documentary on the AIDS/HIV crises. At the conclusion of the film, a social will commence with food, drinks and music by Chico McCarthy and Adam Swayne. At approximately 6:45PM, speakers will recount the history of HIV and give an overview of current global, national, state & county statistics. This will be followed by testimonials from persons living with HIV and others touched by the epidemic. The Allegany County Health Department will be providing free, confidential testing, as well as educational and prevention materials, throughout the event. Finally, an outdoor candlelight vigil will be held to commemorate those lost to this disease over its 30+ years and those still affected today.
There is no charge for the event, which is partially funded by Gilead Pharmaceuticals. The New Embassy Theatre is located at 49 Baltimore Street in Cumberland. Further information may be obtained by calling the theatre at 301-722-4692 or by visiting Allegany County Maryland Cares About HIV's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Allegany-County-Maryland-Cares-About-HIV/389752661093452.