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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 06 May 2004    
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Events at LeFont Theater on May 18 Mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
In celebration of National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, May 18, Atlantans are invited to participate in a special event at the LeFont Plaza Theater, sponsored by SisterLove, Inc., AID Atlanta, and the Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center. The cinematic presentation of the Rory Kennedy film "Pandemic: Facing AIDS," will be followed by a panel discussion with public health AIDS leaders, advocates and volunteers. A "Taste of the World" reception precedes the film screening.

National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is a day to educate Americans about the critical need for vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS. This year's theme is "Real People. Real Progress." The event kicks off a year-long series of community events focusing on the impact of HIV vaccine research and its benefit to communities of color and others statistically at greater risk for HIV/AIDS. Experts believe that vaccines to prevent HIV infection offer the best hope of controlling the global pandemic. Although much progress has been made toward developing a safe and effective HIV vaccine and there are more than 20 promising HIV vaccine candidates in various stages of testing, there still is no vaccine. The prospects for success have never been greater, however. Organizers are asking people to wear a red AIDS ribbon upside down on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, forming a "V" for vaccines, and symbolizing the urgent need to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

More information about HIV vaccines is available on the National HIV Vaccine Awareness website at

The schedule of events is as follows:

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 The LeFont Plaza Theater 1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue

5:30 pm Taste of the World Reception in LeFont Plaza lobby

6:30 pm Pandemic: Facing AIDS A Rory Kennedy film production

Panel discussion following film: Dazon Dixon Diallo, MPH, CEO/Founder SisterLove, Inc. Nana Gletsu, PhD, Hope Clinic Volunteer Harold Jaffe, MD, Director, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB prevention, CDC Bill Jenkins, PhD, MPH, Research Professor, Morehouse College, Public Health Sciences Institute Denise Stokes, HIV Advocate and Educator

Although the event is free, seating is limited and reservations are necessary. Please call 404-377-3719, ext. 15 by May 14 to secure a reservation. Parking is available in the rear of the cinema. Support for this event is provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Community Education and Outreach Partnership Program.

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