In recognition of Wold AIDS Day, Compass displays the largest collection of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Florida. Each year, a ceremony is hosted on December 1st which include the quilt display, a candle light vigil, induction, and special performances by Voices of Pride.
Two week’s worth of community events join local community based organizations and several area churches together to engage the community in becoming a part of a global impact to end AIDS. In an effort to work closer with national and local initiatives to provide Palm Beach County with resources, Compass’ World AIDS Day promotes awareness about HIV and how to love a stronger and healthier life.
World AIDS Day serves as a platform to increase awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to inspire positive action through education, testing, and standing in solidarity with those affected by the virus. HIV/AIDS has had a major impact locally and globally:
- 35 Million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS
- Over 1.2 Million people in the U.S. are living with HIV; almost 1 in 8 are unaware of their infection
- 8,197 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Palm Beach County
- 5,897 newly diagnosed HIV infections in Florida in 2014