World AIDS Day was first held on Dec. 1, 1988, during some of the darkest days of the crisis.
Three years later, the red ribbon was created, and to mark the iconic symbol's 20th anniversary, the artists A.K. Burns, John Chaich, Joe De Hoyos, and Avram Finkelstein have designed NOT OVER buttons - which can be pinned over the classic scarlet ribbon - to remind people that the disease continues to rage around the world.
More than 10,000 buttons and red ribbons are being distributed throughout the New York City area, including at many of the events listed below. You can also go to www.visualAIDS.org or email info@visualAIDS.org for more information on distribution.
Here are some events being held today and later this month to mark World AIDS Day.
• Out of the Darkness candlelight vigil begins 6 p.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W. 65th St.
• "Untitled," a film by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques da Cruz, reflects on the early days of the AIDS epidemic. It will be screened for free throughout the city today. The IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., will host screenings by Visual AIDS and Creative Time at at 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., with a discussion to follow the 6:30 p.m. screening. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the 6:30 p.m. screening, which requires an RSVP.
The Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St., will hold a screening at 7 p.m.
FLAG Art Foundation, 545 W. 26th St., will hold screenings at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster St., will hold screenings from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, will hold continuous screenings from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Screenings will also be held tomorrow at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. More screening locations can be found at the www.visualAIDS.org website.
* Gypsy of the Year Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awards will be held at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St. atMonday, December 5 at 4:30 P.M. and Tuesday, December 6 at 2 PM. For tickets and more information, search on theatermania.com.
* The Sword of Damocles: Selections from the Frank Moore Archive Project will be on exhibit through Dec. 23 at The Painting Center, 547 W. 27th St., Ste. 500. Curated by Patrick Webb for Visual AIDS, the exhibit features the work of long term survivors living with AIDS.
Opening Reception: Tues, Nov. 29 from 6-8 P.M.
108,886: Persons living with HIV/AIDS in NYC as of the end of 2009. We have more people living with HIV/AIDS than San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. combined.
99,407: Number of New Yorkers who have died of AIDS in NYC
2,965: Number of new AIDS diagnosis made in NYC in 2009
1.2 million: People in the U.S. living with an HIV infection. Twenty percent do not know they are infected.
50,000: Number of Americans infected with HIV each year.
33.3 million: Number of people with HIV/AIDS worldwide. About half are women and 2.5 million are children under the age of 15.
* Sources: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization