Bounce to Zero Campaign Honors Lives Lost to HIV/AIDS with Wreath Laying Ceremony


WHO: Ryan White Services and Resources (RWSR), a division of New Orleans Health Department

In attendance:
Dr. Jennifer Avegno, Director of New Orleans Health Department
Nikki Napoleon, Poet
Ronald Thomas, Past Chair, New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council
And others

WHAT: A wreath laying ceremony to recognize those living with HIV and pay respect to those who have passed as a result of AIDS-related complications, including a musical tribute by Village Brass Band.
The ceremony is in conjunction with the Bounce to Zero campaign, which focuses on HIV testing, prevention, and treatment with the goal of ending the HIV epidemic.

WHEN: World AIDS Day, Friday, December 1, 2023
3 p.m.

WHERE: New Orleans AIDS Memorial at Washington Square Park (700 Elysian Fields Avenue)

WHY: New Orleans was selected as part of a national initiative to end the HIV epidemic due to its high HIV burden, gaps in treatment coverage, and its commitment and capacity to fast-track the HIV response.
The goal of the Bounce to Zero campaign is to reduce new HIV transmissions and increase access to care. Spearheaded by RWSR, the campaign will increase prevention, knowledge, education, and access to tools available to fight the disease and related stigma.

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