World AIDS Day Observance To Be Held Dec. 1

November 18 2014
Category: Campus Life

ELMIRA, NY – Arnot Health, together with the Chemung County AIDS Task Force and Elmira College, is hosting a local event for internationally recognized World AIDS Day from 2:30-6:30 p.m., on Monday, December 1 on the campus of Elmira College. The event recognizes those affected by HIV/AIDS, locally and nationally, and raises awareness of advances that allow more people to live longer and healthier lives.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one million Americans are living with AIDS and one in five (20%) do not know they are infected. “Access to education and testing are critical to containing and preventing the growth of this disease,” said Rebecca Moss, Program Director at Arnot Health. “Our goal is to get AIDS to zero. Zero new infections, zero deaths from aids-related complications and zero stigma for aids patients.”


This year’s event will take place in the Gibson Theater at Elmira College. There will be education and light refreshments from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The award winning movie, The Dallas Buyers Club, will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Following the movie, there will be an outdoor gathering at 5:45 p.m. to read the names of those who have died of HIV/AIDS and candle lighting in their memory. The event is free and open to the public.


Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira is a member of the Arnot Health system. Arnot Health provides primary, specialty, diagnostic, ambulatory, secondary and tertiary acute care, as well as rehabilitative and wellness services to the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. The system currently has more than 300 physicians from 50+ specialties.