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World AIDS Day 2021 Events

World AIDS Day, designated on December 1 every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. The theme for the 2021 observance is "Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone's Voice" ("El tema de este año para WAD se confirma como: Poner fin a la epidemia de VIH: acceso equitativo, la voz de todos").

Below is a list of events in commemoration of World AIDS Day:

Wednesday, December 1:

  • 11:00 am-12:30 pm: NIH World AIDS Day 2021 Virtual Event: The Role of Research in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. LaRon Nelson is among the panelists.
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  • 1:00 pm-4:30 pm: The New Haven Mayor's Task Force on AIDS will host a one-day conference that will explore how, as a community, we can come together to create support, fight stigma, and end the epidemic for good.
  • 3:00 pm-4:15 pm: Voices of Resilience: Leading the Way in Helping End the HIV Epidemic - Join Gilead Sciences, Inc., for a World AIDS Day conversation on using your platform to advocate for change.
  • 6:00 pm: Virtual Program: World AIDS Day Poetry Reading and Performance - Poet laureate of Hartford and HIV/AIDS activist Frederick Douglass Knowles II reads his works in collaboration with Hartford artists. Free.
  • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Day With(out) Art 2021: Virtual Screening - Yale University is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2021 by presenting ENDURING CARE, a video program highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic.
  • 8:00 pm-9:30 pm: "When Pandemics Don’t End: World AIDS Day and the Fight for Decriminalization" - This World AIDS Day, leading thinkers and advocates come together to discuss the perilous intersection of criminalization and HIV.

Thursday, December 2:

  • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm: Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) Lecture Series: Marya Gwadz, Ph.D. - "'There's Not That Many Places That You Can Feel Human:' Addressing the Challenges of Long-term HIV Survivorship Using the Multiphase Optimization Strategy to Create Cost-Effective Interventions"
  • 4:00 pm-5:00 pm: Commemorating World AIDS Day: A Conversation with Dr. Angeli Achrekar, Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy - During this conversation, Dr. Achrekar will discuss the goals of PEPFAR (The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), efforts to protect and advance HIV gains in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and future directions and challenges with Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean, Yale School of Public Health (YSPH).

Saturday, December 4:

  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: World AIDS Day Screening of A Social Cure

Sunday, December 5:

  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: World AIDS Day Black and White Gala presented by Greater Bridgeport Area Prevention Program

Wednesday, December 8:

  • 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: YSPH Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (EMD) Seminar Series
    Further info TBA

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2021