Driving through the intersection of Poplar Avenue and East Parkway in Midtown, you've likely noticed the thousands of white sticks topped with red ribbons on the lawns of both First Baptist Church and Greater Lewis Street Missionary Baptist. The 2,499 markers represent people from Shelby County who have lost their battle to HIV/AIDS since 1985.
Wednesday, December 1st is World AIDS Day, and the names of those victims will be read in the annual NAMES Ceremony at First Baptist from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Additionally, the [choice] Life Over AIDS project at Caritas Village is sponsoring a film premiere of Love Choice, about a former corporate playboy who contracts HIV and then meets the love of his life. The film screens on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Malco's Studio on the Square. A short Q&A with the people behind the film will follow.
And finally, World AIDS Day is the perfect excuse to get tested. The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) offers free testing on Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.