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World AIDS Day 2018: A Guide to DC-Area Events

A roundup of everything in the D.C.-area for World AIDS Day

Thursday, Nov. 29

Free HIV Testing

12-5 p.m.
George Mason University
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, Va.
Student Union Building I, Suite 3200

HIV Testing at SMYAL

5-8 p.m.
410 7th St. SE
Washington, D.C.

SMYAL, the local LGBTQ advocacy organization in D.C., holds an HIV testing event in honor of World AIDS Day.

Friday, Nov. 30

World AIDS Day: Where Are We with HIV

9-11 a.m.
Arlington Department of Human Services Auditorium
2100 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, Va.

Join Inova Juniper and the Arlington Health Department for a presentation by Dr. William Short on “New Emerging Drugs and Approaches for HIV Management.” Following the presentation, there will be a panel discussion with people living with HIV, who will tell their stories about living with the disease, its challenges, best practices for health care workers, and stigma and discrimination that HIV-positive people may face. Register at

Free HIV Testing

11-4 p.m.
George Mason University
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, Va.
Student Union Building I, Suite 3200

Ryan White Consumer Appreciation Luncheon

12-2 p.m.
Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes
1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

Join MetroHealth and Gilead as they throw an appreciation event with clients who benefit from MetroHealth’s Food Bank as part of World AIDS Day. The food bank, open to recipients of Ryan White funds, provides clients with groceries and fresh produce to cover up to 21 meals each week.

Community Engagement and Testing Event

12-4 p.m.
CVS Parking Lot
845 Bladensburg Rd. NE
Washington, D.C.

Join Whitman-Walker Health, the Washington, D.C. Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum as they offer free HIV testing in observance of World AIDS Day. For more information, contact Joshua Riley, 202-745-6118 or

Golden Ticket Party for Prevention

4:30-8 p.m.
2001 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C.

Join RealTalk DC of Whitman-Walker Health for its “Good Vibes Only” HIV testing and awareness event. All tickets are free and the event features live performances, free food, raffle prizes, free testing, and more. Aimed at youth ages 13-24. For more information, email or call 202-207-2364.

DecAIDS: Then, There & Now — A World AIDS Day Celebration

6-10 p.m.
North Hall at Eastern Market
225 7th St. SE
Washington, D.C.

Join Impulse DC and AIDS Healthcare Foundation as they look back on how HIV/AIDS has affected the LGBTQ community throughout the decades through an interactive art experience featuring surprise celebrity guest speakers, sip and paint activities, spoken word performances, and dramatic presentations. Complimentary admission and two-hour sponsored bar.

Saturday, Dec. 1

32nd Annual Walk & 5K to End HIV

7:30-11 a.m.
Freedom Plaza
1455 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

Join people from all over the D.C. area as they walk and run to raise money on behalf of Whitman-Walker’s HIV testing and client treatment services.

Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art
Screening of Alternate Endings Activists Rising

6-9 p.m.
3229 Walbridge Pl. NW
Washington, D.C.

Join the Studio House at Walbridge as it celebrates World AIDS Day with a potluck dinner, a screening of the film Alternate Endings Activists Rising, and a panel discussion. For more information, visit or call 202-319-7656.

Fearless at 40: The Story of Whitman-Walker

8 p.m. on DCTV (Comcast Ch. 95, RCN Ch. 10, Verizon Ch. 10)

On the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, watch this documentary to learn the story of Whitman-Walker Health and its history of fighting stigma and saving lives, from the perspectives of its patients, volunteers, staff, and founders. The event can also be streamed live via @whitmanwalker and @yourDCTV’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages.

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