About 500 people took part in last night's observance of World AIDS Day at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Baltimore.
The program included a recitation of the names of people who have died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, talks by AIDS sufferers and the friends and families of victims, music, readings and a candlelight vigil at the Washington Monument.
Dan Gilbert, one of the event's organizers, said the goal was to bring people and AIDS groups together.
"For all of us who have been touched by AIDS, this is in memory of those whom we've lost and also an attempt to bring the AIDS community together," Mr. Gilbert said.
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said he also hoped that a new administration in Washington would bring a sense of urgency to the fight against the disease.
"I hope that we have a friend of the cities in Bill Clinton who will live up to his promise of more aggressively fighting the problem of AIDS," the mayor said.