World AIDS day event set

ELLSWORTH — Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) presents a World AIDS Day event at Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church.

This event will include a spaghetti supper, speakers, and an opportunity to commemorate and honor those who have been lost to AIDS-related illness. This year’s theme is “Know Your Status.”

This year is the 30th year of the annual event. “What began in 1988 as the first ever global health day continues today to bring people together to unite in the fight against HIV, support those living with HIV and remember those who have died,” a statement from Health Equity Alliance said.

In Maine in 2015, (the latest figures available from Maine Centers for Disease Control) 48 new cases of HIV were diagnosed and 26 cases of AIDS.

HEAL, formerly Down East AIDS Network, was founded in 1987 in response to the AIDS epidemic. Some of the agency’s original clients are still active with the organization.

“Our medical case managers support people living with HIV by assisting them in maintaining their health, employment, and living situation,” describes Willow Yerxa, director of case management and mental health services at HEAL. “Our clients rely on the support they receive from both our case managers and each other.”

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