November 30, 2017
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) -- December 1st marks World AIDS Day, and Thursday night the Elmira community honored the annual event.
Dozens of people gathered outside of the Steele Memorial Library for a vigil to remember those who have lost their lives to HIV and/or AIDS.
Elmira City Mayor Dan Mandell read a proclamation and others read the names of those who have passed away from the disease.
Organizers say they hope people takeaway the importance of keeping HIV and AIDS relevant in the national conversation, and the importance of sexual health.
"HIV is not in the mainstream like it was in the 80's and 90's and people are forgetting about it and I would hate to see the number of individuals increasing again after we've done so well as a nation to bring the number of individuals with HIV and AIDS down," says Anthony Novakowski, who is a member of the Chemung County Sexual Health Task Force.
Following the vigil, people moved inside the library for a panel discussion. People also had a chance to see the "NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt" which is on display at the library through Saturday.
For more information about the Chemung County Sexual Health Task Force click here: http://www.chemungcountyhealth.org/sexual-health-task-force
For resources regarding testing, click here: https://www.stapinc.org/