“Rock the Ribbon” at World AIDS Day Event December 1

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For Immediate Release
Date: November 21, 2018
Contact: Hannah Goering
(847) 377-8099

 “Rock the Ribbon” at World AIDS Day Event December 1

Waukegan, Ill. — The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, as a member of the Lake County Stands Against Stigma Coalition, is sponsoring a free community event to commemorate World AIDS Day on Saturday, December 1. The event will be held from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Urban Edge Art Gallery, 220 W. Clayton Street, Waukegan.

This year’s event is free and open to the public, and will feature interactive art exhibits, a candle-lighting ceremony, and information on the Illinois Getting to Zero initiative, which aims to see zero new HIV infections in Illinois and zero people living with HIV who are not on treatment by 2030. All are encouraged to attend to learn about the AIDS epidemic, remember those who have lost their lives to the disease, and “Rock the Ribbon” – wear a red ribbon to show your support and to stand against HIV stigma and discrimination.

“We have the power to make new HIV infections a thing of the past,” said Mark Pfister, Health Department Executive Director. “We invite our residents to join in this fight. By coming together, we can dismantle HIV stigma and break down barriers to diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV.”

For more information about the event, please call the Health Department’s Need2Know program at (847) 377-8450. Download a printable poster to share on the Health Department's website.

About Lake County Stands Against Stigma

The Lake County Stands Against Stigma Coalition is a collaboration of community members including the Health Department, Catholic Charities of Lake County, Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance’s The Harbor, the Office of State Representative Rita Mayfield, the office of Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim, Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and community volunteers. The Coalition members work together for capacity building, advocacy, and the elimination of HIV-related stigma.

HIV Services Available in Lake County

The Lake County Health Department’s Need2Know program, located at 2400 Belvidere Road in Waukegan, offers many services to prevent new HIV infections in Lake County. The program assists clients with free and confidential HIV testing, medical benefits navigation, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication, adherence counseling, harm reduction services, and linkage to other health services such as HIV and general medical care, behavioral health services, and mental health counseling. For additional information or to make an appointment, call (847) 377-8450 or visit www.lakecountyil.gov/need2know.


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Lake County Health Department
3010 Grand Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 377-8000