Mayor's Office

Press Release

City Hall Goes Red for World AIDS Day

 

December 1, 2010 -- Mayor Annise Parker today announced that City Hall will be bathed in red lights to mark World AIDS Day on the evening of Wednesday, December 1, at sunset. The lightings will highlight the attainable goal of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015, creating the first generation of babies born HIV-free in 30 years. 

 

Despite the fact that HIV/AIDS is preventable and treatable, UNAIDS statistics published last week estimate 370,000 children are infected with the disease, down from 430,000 in 2008. About 90% of these babies are born in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Since its launch in 2006, (RED) partners and events have generated $160 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, supporting HIV and AIDS programs in Africa that have reached more than 5 million people with testing, counseling, medication and services. For more information on (RED), please visit www.joinred.com. In addition to the landmark lightings, (RED) partners are donating proceeds through special offers listed on the web site.

 

WHAT:

City Hall to be Illuminated (RED) for World AIDS Day

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at Sunset (5:22 pm CST)

 

WHERE:

City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston, Texas 77002

 

Houston is one of more than 30 cities in the United States that will light their most distinctive landmarks in red, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami and Seattle. 

 

     

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