The Atlanta skyline is looking very red today and you have Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to thank for it. Mayor Reed held a candlelight vigil this evening to commemorate World AIDS Day and raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic. Mayor Reedc was joined by leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AID Atlanta.
The Mayor is partnering with (RED)™ to show his support in the fight to help eliminate AIDS by turning Atlanta City Hall and other buildings around the city (RED)™ on December 1. In addition to City Hall, Atlanta landmarks the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome and Centennial Olympic Park will be illuminated in red.
The Atlanta area, unfortunately, is one of the hardest hit cities in the U.S. for HIV infections. The Georgia Division of Public Health says that Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, comprises 10 percent of the state’s population, but 54 percent of its AIDS cases. The number of people in Georgia living with HIV/AIDS jumped 27 percent from 2004 to 2007. According to AVERT, an HIV/AIDS charity, 25.8 of every 100,000 people in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia metro area are living with an AIDS diagnosis as of 2008.
“Detection is the first step to prevention, and Mayor Reed and the City of Atlanta, along with all of its partners are committed to increasing HIV and AIDS awareness to the community,” according to a written statement from Reed’s office.
Kudos to Mayor Reed for “shining a light” on World AIDS Day.