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World AIDS Day annual events in Utah

The theme for the 2019 national observance World AIDS Day is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”.

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward ending the HIV epidemic.

Here in Utah, this year’s theme for World AIDS Day recognizes the vital role of communities in supporting and educating at a local level, helping to deliver services at a regional level and raising awareness at a global level. For the research that investigates how to harness community power to reduce transmission of HIV and improve the well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS, visit the ISRCTN registry.

In correlation with World AIDS Day, the Utah AIDS Foundation, in partnership with University of Utah Health, brings the annual Red Party, that raises thousands of dollars each year for AIDS research and hospice. This year, on Thursday, Dec. 5, the Red Party will be held at Jaden Event Center at Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake City from 6-9 p.m.

The Red Party 2019 will be a ‘RED’iculous fundraising event where UAF encourages guests to have fun, let loose and celebrate unity. Like the name, UAF wants to encourage our guests to wear red. Be creative. Be brave. Be fun! It’s an evening of hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, a silent auction and entertainment.

Also in recognition or World AIDS Day, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, located on the UofU campus, once again brings its annual Day With(out) Art ’19: Together, Healthy, Proud event on Wed., Dec. 4. The evening includes making textile art — inspired by the AIDS Quilt — experimental live music by It foot, It ears, guided gallery exploration, resource tables, refreshments, and more. The museum will conceal Viola Frey’s Ethnic Man (1991) to recognize Day With(out) Art among over 800 participating art organizations.

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