Since December 1,1988, the world sets aside the day to celebrate and bring awareness to HIV/AIDS known as Worlds AIDS Day. This day is the most internationally recognized health day that allows a key opportunity for people around the world to commemorate those who have succumbed to the virus, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and increase access to treatment and prevention.
State Senator Jacqueline Collins and Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck from the Illinois Department of Public Health in collaboration with WHARP and SHARP came together on Friday, November 30th to encourage everyone to get tested and know their status. During the press conference 14 organizations, on the forefront of providing prevention education and care throughout the State of Illinois, received grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health along with monies raised through the Quality of Life “Red Ribbon Cash” lottery ticket in the amount of $2.1 million.
Attendees were also treated to a special screening of the film ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America, a two-hour groundbreaking look into the dramatic HIV/AIDS health crisis. There were also two panels that discussed HIV/AIDS in the community and health care reform. Guests were encouraged to partake in the all day health fair and on-site HIV testing.