Compass and World AIDS Day
In recognition of Wold AIDS Day, Compass displays the largest collection of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Florida. Each year, a ceremony is hosted on December 1st which include the quilt display, a candle light vigil, induction, and special performances by Voices of Pride.
Two week’s worth of community events join local community based organizations and several area churches together to engage the community in becoming a part of a global impact to end AIDS. In an effort to work closer with national and local initiatives to provide Palm Beach County with resources, Compass’ World AIDS Day promotes awareness about HIV and how to love a stronger and healthier life.
World AIDS Day serves as a platform to increase awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to inspire positive action through education, testing, and standing in solidarity with those affected by the virus. HIV/AIDS has had a major impact locally and globally:
- 35 Million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS
- Over 1.2 Million people in the U.S. are living with HIV; almost 1 in 8 are unaware of their infection
- 8,197 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Palm Beach County
- 5,897 newly diagnosed HIV infections in Florida in 2014
Schedule of Events for World AIDS Day at Compass Community Center
6:00 – 6:15pm Mix and Mingle
6:30 pm Ceremonies Begin – Opening Remarks by Lorenzo Lowe and Dylan Brooks
6:35 pm Proclamation – Lake Worth City Official
6:40pm Voices of Pride Gay Men’s Chorus
7:00 pm Introduction of Interfaith Speakers Sabrine Pearson, Deacon Russell and Chris Lacharite
7:30pm Moment of Silence
December 1, 2017: 6:00pm
World AIDS Day Ceremony and Official Opening of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Display
Schedule of Events through December 1 – 12, 2017
December 1 – 12, 2017: 10am – 7 pm
AIDS Memorial Quilt Open to Public M-F.
Schedule free group tours: AIDSquilt.eventbrite.com
December 2, 2017: 4pm
“A Journey through HIV and Activism for a Black Gay Man” with guest speaker Lorenzo Robertson
December 6, 2017: 5pm
Youth Program (18 and under) “The Tea on HIV” Roundtable
December 6, 2017: 5pm – 7pm
Community Education Series “Stigma and HIV”
Dinner is provided. Please RSVP 561.533.9699 ext 4007
December 7, 2017: 6pm – 8pm
Entourage: A discussion on healthy relationships, PrEP, maintaining a negative status and what it means to have an undetectable viral load.