Mississippi Observes World AIDS Day
Dr. Joycelyn Elders and the Mississippi Mass Choir will join this year’s World AIDS Day observance in Mississippi on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Anderson United Methodist Church in Jackson.
Elders, the first African American and the second woman to serve as United States Surgeon General, is an outspoken advocate of a variety of health-related causes, including HIV/AIDS. The Mississippi Mass Choir just celebrated their 20th anniversary as one of the most definitive sounds in gospel music.
The service itself will remember those who have died of AIDS, affirm those living with HIV, call for community action and recognize those who provide care and services to those living with HIV.
World AIDS Day is observed December 1 each year and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007. An estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV, 1.1 million persons in the United States, and an estimated 7,717 in Mississippi. HIV prevention funding in Mississippi totals $5,707,466 through 11 programs around the state. Almost 500 new cases of HIV infection have been diagnosed in Mississippi for the last two consecutive years.
The observance at the Anderson United Methodist Church was put together by a World AIDS Day Community Partnership of agencies and compassionate advocates. For more information, contact A Brave New Day @ 601.713.3999.