Media Advisory: December 1-3, 2009 - World AIDS Day Events

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 1, 2009) – The New York State Department of Health invites the media and public to participate in World AIDS Day activities taking place through Thursday at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

In New York State, more than 180,000 New Yorkers have been diagnosed with AIDS, and more than 119,000 individuals are currently living with HIV/AIDS in New York State alone. A short ceremony was held this morning to unfold the AIDS Memorial Quilt, with the traditional reading of the names in this year's display.

Wednesday, December 2

  • School groups will visit the Convention Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to view the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
  • At 2 p.m. in the Convention Center, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will present distinguished service awards to 12 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions serving those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.

Thursday, December 3

  • School group sessions will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Convention Center.
  • A closing ceremony will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the Convention Center. The state Health Department's AIDS Institute and the NAMES Project New York Capital Region Chapter will deliver closing remarks. Family members and friends will dedicate new quilt panels representing the stories and memories of their loved ones. This dedication provides a time for remembrance and healing. The AIDS Memorial Quilt display will close at 5 p.m.