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Elizabeth Fernandez of Yonkers wipes away tears after (Credit: Angela Gaul)

Elizabeth Fernandez of Yonkers wipes away tears after reading the names of people who died as a result of HIV/AIDS during a walk for remembrance and HIV/AIDS awareness through downtown Yonkers on World AIDS Day. Fernandez is HIV positive. She began to weep after reading the name of a friend who died from AIDs just four days before they were supposed to do the AIDS Walk this past year. "When I read her name, it just felt so real," she said. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Yonkers holds World AIDS day event

Many gather for a walk for remembrance and HIV/AIDS awareness through downtown Yonkers. Names of those who have died as a result of the disease were read. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Elizabeth Fernandez of Yonkers wipes away tears after
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Elizabeth Fernandez of Yonkers wipes away tears after reading the names of people who died as a result of HIV/AIDS during a walk for remembrance and HIV/AIDS awareness through downtown Yonkers on World AIDS Day. Fernandez is HIV positive. She began to weep after reading the name of a friend who died from AIDs just four days before they were supposed to do the AIDS Walk this past year. "When I read her name, it just felt so real," she said. (Nov. 30, 2012)

A section of the AIDS quilt is on
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

A section of the AIDS quilt is on display for World AIDS Day in the riverfront branch of the Yonkers Public Library in downtown Yonkers. (Nov. 30, 2012)

From left, Rob Zopf of Queens, Jaime Ruiz
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Rob Zopf of Queens, Jaime Ruiz Perez of Yonkers and Jose Montesano of Yonkers lead a walk for remembrance and HIV/AIDS awareness through downtown Yonkers on World AIDS Day. Zopf is the executive director for the Sharing Community, a community-based organization serving the homeless, hungry, and ill in Yonkers. (Nov. 30, 2012)

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Elizabeth Fernandez of Yonkers reads the names of
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Elizabeth Fernandez of Yonkers reads the names of people who died as a result of HIV/AIDS during a walk for remembrance and HIV/AIDS awareness through downtown Yonkers on World AIDS Day. Fernandez is HIV positive. "I was first diagnosed in 2000. It took a long time for me to come to terms with it," Fernandez said. "Everyone is afraid of the stigma. I am a human being just like everyone else." (Nov. 30, 2012)

Virginia Diaz of Beacon reads the names of
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Virginia Diaz of Beacon reads the names of people who died as a result of HIV/AIDS, including her husband Carlos Diaz who died eight years ago, during a walk for remembrance and HIV/AIDS awareness through downtown Yonkers on World AIDS Day. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Carmen Velasquez of Yonkers looks at a section
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Carmen Velasquez of Yonkers looks at a section of the AIDS quilt on display for World AIDS Day in the riverfront branch of the Yonkers Public Library in downtown Yonkers. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Approximately 50 people take part in a walk
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Approximately 50 people take part in a walk for remembrance and HIV/AIDS awareness through downtown Yonkers on World AIDS Day. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Carlos Manuel Gonzalez of Yonkers wears a
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Carlos Manuel Gonzalez of Yonkers wears a "Request the Test" pin during a World AIDS Day walk for remembrance and HIV/AIDS awareness downtown Yonkers. (Nov. 30, 2012)

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