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Join Us for World AIDS Day 2021 Online (Dec. 1 @ 6PM)

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the first diagnosis of pneumocystis pneumonia in Hawai'i, caused by what would later be classified as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The diagnosis was made by Dr. David McEwan, who founded Life Foundation, the state's largest AIDS services organization. HHHRC continues the work of Life Foundation, providing medical case management services and support to over 700 persons living with HIV on O'ahu.

In 1988 World AIDS Day became the globe's first public health day. It provides an opportunity to show support for people living with HIV and remember those who have passed from HIV-related illnesses.

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day in Hawai'i is "Unfinished Business," reflecting the importance of maintaining a public commitment to providing care to people living with HIV, preventing new HIV cases, and working toward the elimination of HIV.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event in Hawai'i will be online.

The virtual ceremony will feature hula by Frank Ka'anana Akima and music from Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Kupaoa. The Honolulu Gay Men's Chorus and Na Wai Chamber Chorus will also perform.

Managing Director Mike Formby will present a proclamation on behalf of the City & County of Honolulu in support of World AIDS Day. The Hawai'i State Department of Health will present the Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award in recognition of "outstanding contribution in providing HIV/AIDS services." Governor David Ige will again issue a proclamation declaring December 1 as "World AIDS Day" throughout Hawai'i.

For more information please visit the World AIDS Day Hawai'i website.

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