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HIV survivors: HIV / AIDS "is not a death sentence"



The congregation gathered to raise awareness about HIV / AIDS. (Photo: Monique Robinson / WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – World AIDS Day was celebrated for the 30th time on December 1st. It is the International Day of AIDS Awareness and a day to remember those who have been lost to the disease.

Doctors, nurses, activists, community leaders, and Cape Fear residents filled the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in the red Saturday morning. Seeds of Healing organized the first Red Ribbon brunch to remake the stigma in Wilmington.

"In North Carolina, where I have been living for the past five years, there is a bit more HIV-related stigma. We need to work a little harder to make sure people understand that HIV is not a death sentence, "said Edward Adams, a 35-year-old HIV survivor.

" We want to make sure the population knows that HIV Epidemic this is not People are still at risk. We want people to know that there are resources in our community. There are people who feel sorry for you and have access to medicines, "said Leshonda Wallace, CEO of Seed of Healing.

More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, and Seeds of Healing is working to help the community to draw attention to these deadly diseases.

If you want to join in, March 23 is the HIV / AIDS gait.


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