This is World AIDS Day and the AIDS Committee of North Bay and Area (ACNBA) is marking the occasion.
Along with a virtual vigil, they’re sharing video messages on social media to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
“World AIDS Day (December 1st, 2021) is the international day of awareness and a tribute to many millions of people who have passed away as a result of AIDS-related illness,” states a release from ACNBA. “This year’s UNAIDS theme is “End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics.” highlighting the essential contributions of communities and governments at the international, national, provincial and local levels in the AIDS response, as well as the urgent need to end inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics around the world.”
As a part of the Red Scarf Project, hundreds of locally-created red scarves have been tied in the downtown area.
The scarves include HIV/AIDS awareness information and have been left for anyone to take.
Local art galleries and tattoo studios are also setting up displays to remember and honour members of the arts community who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illnesses.