The San Antonio Interfaith community is planning a World AIDS Day Worship Service, and we seeking Interfaith partners to collaborate in planning and leading worship. This year the service will be on Sunday afternoon, December 1 at the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) San Antonio, 611 E Myrtle St, San Antonio, TX 78212.

World Aids Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died.
Over 6000 people are living with HIV in Bexar County. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of complications from AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite these breakthroughs, each year in San Antonio around 360 people is diagnosed with HIV, in spite of the decline of new infections nationally and in Texas. To eliminating new cases of HIV by 2030 it is vital for us to know how to protect ourselves from HIV infection. We also need to recognize that stigma, isolation, and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.

For more information email the Rev. Dr. William H. Knight, Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) San Antonio or email the Rev. Andries Coetzee, Pastor University Presbyterian Church (acoetzee@upcsa.org)