AIDS Awareness Week at Woodridge

Woodridge Library

AIDS Awareness Week at Woodridge

Washington, D.C. is hosting the AIDS 2012 conference this week at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The theme of the conference is “Turning the Tide Together." The Joint aids ribbonProgramme Committee is an international committee of experts and professionals with exceptional experience in their respective fields. These individuals will worked together to construct a balanced and representative conference programme.

On Wednesday, July 25 at  6:30 p.m., a person living with HIV/AIDS will share their story at Woodridge.  A question-and-answer session will follow. The film Milk also be shown.

The Women’s Collective, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit led by women with HIV and their allies/advocates, and Regional Addiction Preventive (RAP), a nonprofit that offers residential substance abuse treatment, has also provided information, pamphlets and literature on HIV and AIDS at the library. 

A limited supply of AIDS ribbons are also available, along with book display for children, teens and adults.

The Women’s Collective works to fulfill its mission by meeting the self-defined needs of women, girls and their families living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS, reducing barriers to care and strengthening their network of support and services. Additionally, they provide services that are peer-led, woman- and girl-focused, family-centered, and culturally appropriate, provide a voice for women, girls and their families who are living with or at-risk for HIV/AIDS through advocacy at the local, national, and international levels, provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for all women, girls and families and create partnerships among service providers, governmental, non-governmental and private entities.

Regional Addiction Prevention uses the therapeutic community modality in its treatment.  In addition, RAP brings services to persons living with HIV/AIDS and conducts prevention/outreach to increase community awareness of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Target populations include adults who are homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals, single parents and substance abusers living with HIV/AIDS.