Special notes of remembrance and hope were shared in Waukegan.

Special notes of remembrance and hope were shared in Waukegan.

The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center collaborated with several local partners including PACPI to host a bilingual event to honor World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1, 2013 – a day when people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The event featured music, dance, the sharing of inspirational thoughts and a candle-lighting ceremony, held at Waukegan High School.

The 2013 theme was “Stand Against Stigma.” HIV/AIDS-related stigma includes unfavorable attitudes, beliefs, and policies directed toward people living with these conditions, as well as their loved ones and communities.

Stigma can impact how people living with HIV/AIDS see themselves and how others think about them. Stigma prevents people from getting tested, seeking medical care and living full and healthy lives. Until this stigma is faced head-on, new infections will continue to rise.

Lake County Health Department is committed to providing access to care, treatment and support for people who are living with HIV/AIDS, addressing stigma and discrimination related to these conditions and promoting HIV/AIDS prevention programs at the community level.

Read the Lake County official release.