World AIDS Day: December 1, 2019
On the Road Together to End AIDS
December 1 marks the 31st anniversary of World AIDS Day
Each year, the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council and United Way of Long Island celebrate World AIDS Day with a special event to show support for those living with HIV, remember those who have died from the infection, as well as honor individuals for their work in ending the epidemic.
Launched in 1988, the annual observance highlights worldwide efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. As of December 31, 2016 approximately 5,773 Long Islanders were living with HIV/AIDS.
2019 World AIDS Day Awards
Each year, the Consumer Involvement Committee of the Nassau-Suffolk HIV Health Services Planning Council and United Way of Long Island recognizes individuals for their work with HIV/AIDS. This year's recipients are:
Distinguished Provider Award: Terry Maestre, Hispanic Counseling Center
Ending the Epidemic Award: Kerry Thomas, Thursday's Child
Ending the Epidemic Award: Ernesto Hernandez, LGBT Network
The Robert Perez-Sulsona Community Award: June Tappan, Planning Council Member
The Robert Perez-Sulsona Community Award: James Colson, Planning Council Member & Community Advocate
On The Road Together to End AIDS
Red Ribbon History
The Red Ribbon is the recognized universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV. Inspired by the yellow ribbons honoring American soldiers serving in the Gulf War, the artists chose to create a red ribbon to symbolize support and solidarity for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. The color red was chosen as a visibly bold representation of passion, a heart, and love. This symbol continues to be powerful force in the efforts to increase public awareness of HIV. Please wear a red ribbon in remembrance of those who have gone before us as we travel on the road together to end AIDS.