Getting to Zero Partners with Local Organizations to Commemorate World AIDS Day December 1

Candlelight Vigil, Flag Raising, City Hall Lighting Up Red, and Other Events Encourage Public to
Get Tested

SAN JOSE, CA – On November 28th, San Jose City Hall will light up red, kicking off a week of red
ribbon events promoting AIDS awareness. The events are organized by The Santa-Clara-Countyfunded
Getting to Zero Initiative, in partnership with The Health Trust, SV Pride, Project MORE
Foundation, City of San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez, and the County of Santa Clara HIV
Commission, and with support from the Bay Area Equality Coalition and its members.
Honored each December since 1988, World AIDS Day unites people worldwide in the fight
against HIV and commemorates those who have died from AIDS-related illness.

“Thanks to Santa Clara County’s early commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS, we really do
have the potential to get to zero,” said Bob Reed of the County HIV Commission. “We need
those at risk to get tested for HIV, those living with HIV to take their medication, and those at high risk of infection to consider taking a preventive medication like PrEP.”

As of December 2016, 3,208 people with a diagnosis of HIV were known to be living in Santa
Clara County, including 134 who were newly diagnosed in 2016. More than 2,400 AIDS related
deaths have been reported in Santa Clara County since the beginning of the epidemic. The
State of California estimates that 9% of people with HIV do not know they have the infection,
which meaning an estimated 320 people are living with HIV in the County and unaware of their

“We have HIV treatment that allows people to live full and healthy lives and reduce their risk of spreading HIV, and we also have pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a safe and effective daily
prescription pill that can prevent someone from getting HIV,” said Dr. Sarah Lewis, Assistant
Health Officer and STD/HIV Controller at Santa Clara County Public Health Department. “With
treatment and prevention available, we collaborate with community partners to make sure
people have easy, affordable access to the care and medications they need.”

HIV affects specific populations disproportionately across Santa Clara County. Certain
individuals–including gay and bisexual men, Black women and men, Latinos and Latinas, people
who inject drugs, transgender women, and young people – are at greater risk for HIV. However
the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone ages 15-65 get tested
for HIV at least once.

Everyone can make a difference:

  • Get tested for HIV by going to to find local, free, low-cost HIV testing
  • Wear a red ribbon, the symbol of HIV awareness and support, and let people know why
    you are wearing it
  • Participate in any of the scheduled events commemorating World AIDS Day 2017.
Date: Time: Event: Location: Open to the News Media?
Tuesday, November 28th 1:30PM City of San Jose
San Jose City Council Chambers
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Tuesday, November 28th TBD San Jose City Hall
Tower and Rotunda lit
up Red for AIDS/HIV
Awareness. Stay
lit until 12/5
San Jose City Council Chambers
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Wednesday, November 29th 7:00pm Film Screening: How to
Survive a Plague
Isaac Newton Senter
70 W. Hedding St.
San Jose, CA. 95110
Thursday, November 30th 6-8PM The Health Trust World
AIDS Day Benefit Dinner
Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 W San Fernando St. Unit 1700
San Jose, CA 95113
Thursday, November 30th 8-1AM The Health Trust “RED”
Party Fundraiser
71 E San Fernando St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Friday, December 1st 12-1PM Red Ribbon Flag Raising
at San Jose City Hall
San Jose City Hall
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Friday, December 1st 1-4pm AIDS Memorial Quilt
San Jose City Hall Rotunda
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Friday, December 1st 6-8 Candlelight Vigil at City
Hall and viewing of AIDS
Memorial Quilt
San Jose City Hall Rotunda
200 E Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Candelario Franco
(408) 705-5735