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For Immediate Release
December 01, 2016
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World AIDS Day 2016 in NYC in Dedication to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park and Community of Heroes
World AIDS Day 2016 in NYC in Dedication to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park and Community of Heroes
Latino Commission
New York City AIDS Memorial, artist rendering Christopher Tepper

New York, NY, December 1, 2016 – The End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition, consisting of over 60 AIDS-service and community-based organizations, medical providers, city and state legislators, the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the New York State AIDS Institute, hosted their third annual World AIDS Day commemoration event and the dedication of the NYC AIDS Memorial Park. The Memorial is located at the intersection of West 12th Street and Greenwich Avenue in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood.

Until now, more than 35 years into the fight against AIDS, there was no highly visible public memorial in New York City recognizing more than 100,000 men, women and children who lost their lives to the disease and the extraordinarily heroic effort of caregivers and activists who helped change the trajectory of the epidemic. The Memorial sits at the gateway to a new park adjacent to the former St. Vincent's Hospital, which housed the City's largest AIDS ward and is often considered the epicenter of the disease.

This World AIDS Day event and the memorial serve as a tribute to the thousands of men. women and children who lost their lives to AIDS, as well as an enduring symbol of New York’s commitment to reducing the number of HIV infections statewide—stated Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission, Founder of the Hispanic Health Network and Board Member of the NYC AIDS Memorial.

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