North Idaho Celebrates World Aids Day with Free Community Event November 30 and December 3, 2012

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World AIDS Day event to offer free HIV testing at North Idaho College and evening vigil at MIK’s Bar.

Red AIDS Ribbon

Red AIDS Ribbon

All events are free and open to the public.

The North Idaho HIV Planning Group (NIHIVPG) and The North Idaho AIDS Coalition ( NIAC) will host World AIDS Day events on Friday, November 30 and Monday, December 3. The groups will offer a free community celebration on the evening of Friday, November 30th from 7-9 pm at Mik’s Bar, 406 N. 4th Street, Coeur d’Alene with a candle light vigil and a moment of silence at 9pm. The groups will offer free confidential 20 minute HIV testing and education from 10-1 at North Idaho College in the Student Union Building on Monday, December 3. All events are free and open to the public.

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. The theme of World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero.” Zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths.

The NIHIVPG consists of professional community volunteers committed to help deliver supportive community awareness, new education strategies, and improve treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in North Idaho. The group has participated in activities for World AIDS Day events in North Idaho for 5 years. The group also has helped coordinate HIV education in the Coeur d’ Alene middle schools and high schools.

NIAC is a non profit organization that provides care and advocacy for individuals infected with HIV in the five northern counties of Idaho. NIAC also provides free group prevention education, individual HIV risk assessments, HIV testing, and counseling. Free confidential HIV testing is available by appointment at the NIAC office by calling (208)665-1448. NIAC can also be found online at

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