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Today is World AIDS Day

December 1, 2005

From Botswana to Guatamala, Honduras to Italy, the world will unite on Dec. 1 in recognition of World AIDS Day. Westchester County is no exception and will be the site of a myriad of World AIDS Day activities. “When people think of HIV and AIDS, they don’t realize how prevalent HIV and AIDS are in our own communities,” said Joshua Lipsman, M.D., M.P.H, Westchester County Health Commissioner. “Many people would be surprised to learn that outside of New York City, Westchester County has the most people living with HIV and AIDS in New York State,” added Dr. Lipsman.

In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Westchester County Department of Health and the Westchester County AIDS Council will be hosting a free conference, “HIV Prevention: A New Paradigm, New Partners” on Friday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown.

The featured speaker is Monica Sweeney, M.D., M.P.H., Vice President of Medical Affairs, Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center and member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS. Workshops will include;

  1. What are the Real Risk Factors for African-American Women?
  2. Crystal Meth: Questions and Answers for Suburbia
  3. The Internet is the New Gay Bar and
  4. The Emerging Risk of Immigrants and HIV.

The conference is offered at no cost, but advance registration is required. A continental breakfast and full lunch will be served at no charge. For more information on the conference, contact the Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5602 or The following is a list of events occurring nearby in recognition of World AIDS Day:

Peekskill - Thursday, Dec. 1, Sponsored by Hudson River HealthCare:

  • Commemorative service and breakfast, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., 1037 Main Street, 2nd floor.
  • OraQuick rapid HIV testing and education outreach sessions via mobile medical van, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • AIDS and HIV awareness puppet show at Peekskill Grammar and Middle schools.
  • Candlelight ceremony, sponsored by Peekskill Youth Bureau 6:00 p.m., Main Street. Public invited. For further information, contact Nivea Colon at 914-734-8760.

Tarrytown - Friday, Dec. 2

World AIDS Day Conference: “HIV Prevention: A New Paradigm, New Partners” from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Tappan Hill Mansion, 81 Highland Avenue. Hosted by the Westchester County Department of Health and the Westchester County AIDS Council.

Valhalla - Thursday, Dec. 1 The Westchester Medical Center will be providing educational materials and information on HIV and AIDS in its main lobby and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. For further information, contact Richard Birchard at 914-493-1362.


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