World AIDS Day events to be held throughout day Increasing awareness of epidemic is goal

December 01, 1997|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

With a quilt display today and a candlelight vigil this evening, health officials and medical professionals will join people infected with AIDS and the human immunodeficiency virus and their families to commemorate World AIDS Day at area colleges and medical centers.

In Baltimore, an estimated 14,000 people are living with AIDS, and roughly half are not receiving care for the disease, according to officials at University of Maryland Medical Center.

The medical center, at 22 S. Greene St. in downtown Baltimore, is holding a series of events to increase awareness of the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS epidemic -- including a presentation by Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the clinical program for the Institute of Human Virology. Redfield's hourlong presentation will begin at 8: 30 a.m.

Redfield will speak against the backdrop of a 12-by-12-foot quilt with the names of people who have died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is a section of the large Names Project quilt that was displayed on the Mall in Washington last year and was designed by the relatives and friends of AIDS patients.

Medical center employees will have the opportunity to sign a quilt panel in memory of a friend or family member who died of AIDS. The 3-by-6-foot panel will be added to the Names Project quilt. The quilt signing will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Give Children Hope in a World with AIDS" is the theme of the 10th annual World AIDS Day, an observance begun by the United Nations to call attention to the millions who are living with the virus that causes AIDS or already have the disease.

Other events today include a panel discussion, featuring local and internationally recognized medical experts, from noon to 1: 15 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theater at Baltimore City Community College, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. The discussion will focus on the history of HIV, the future of the disease in public health and the search for a cure.

The event is being sponsored by the Baltimore City Health Department's AIDS Prevention Program and three departments at the college: the Health and Wellness Center, Allied Human Services Club and Disability Support Services Center.

The public is invited to the candlelight vigil and program sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Health and Baltimore County high schools' Stopping AIDS for Everyone Club.

The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. in the chapel of Goucher College, off Dulaney Valley Road in Towson.

Pub Date: 12/01/97

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