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World AIDS Day - 2014

"Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future." - Nelson Mandela

NCHP joined the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, COPE, The Peterson Clinic, El Rio, TIHAN and many other community partners at the historical Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson for a day of remembrance and celebration of World AIDS Day 2014.

At this free and public event, participants were able to access confidential on-site rapid testing and linkage to services. Old-Pueblo-Style entertainment at the event included food, music, dancing. Community providers had resource tables set-up, a piece of Tucson’s AIDS Quilt was on display and many living with or affected by HIV and AIDS recorded their oral history of how HIV and AIDS has impacted their lives.

a photo of NCHP trainers Will Bond and Carlos Torres on the patio of the Hotel Congress in Tucson, AZ for World AIDS Day 2014
NCHP trainers Will Bond and Carlos Torres look at Project Director and photographer Harold Thomas as the World AIDS Day 2014 event gets underway.

Each year we attend to remember those we’ve lost and to celebrate the lives of those who are living with HIV. Putting a face to HIV here in Tucson is a means to speak out as a community against the stigma that people living with HIV and AIDS and their loved ones experience and to breakdown the belief that ‘HIV is far away.’

As we celebrated the advancements in prevention and treatment for those living with HIV, we also took a moment to be realistic about the complacency and detachment that allow people to rationalize their behaviors of exposure to HIV. To reduce new infections we must test more people, give our clients the skills they need to have honest conversations about their behaviors with their partners, and continue to breakdown stigma and the complacency and detachment that it creates.

The consequences of stigma and discrimination can foster a reluctance to seek care; deter individuals from getting tested; discourage HIV positive persons from discussing their status with sexual and/or needle sharing partners; and have a negative effect on the overall success of treatment.

Please contact an NCHP trainer if you would like to discuss how we can support your efforts to reduce stigma at the individual and agency levels in your community.

a photo of the Tucson AIDS quilt

a photo of the SAAF booth at World AIDS Day

a photo of the Pride booth at World AIDS Day 2014

a photo of World AIDS Day attendees with Hotel Congress in the background

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