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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (November 15, 2006) – The Names Project Foundation, in conjunction with Compass, will host a vigil in observance of World AIDS Day on December 1 at Compass’ main facility. Seven 12 by 12 feet AIDS Memorial Quilt blocks, composed of eight panels each, will be on display from noon to 6 p.m.

A candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. will be followed by the reading of names, which honors those lost to HIV and AIDS. The vigil begins as one candle being lit, which lights the following candles in a domino effect, representing the growth and transmission of HIV. Following the reading of names, new panels are welcomed to be inducted into the Quilt.

“World AIDS Day and the Quilt are the leading efforts to help prevent new HIV infections,” said Eric Miller, Compass HIV testing counselor and Names Project regional representative. “By providing a setting to display and commemorate our friends and love ones who have past, we are motivating our community to protect themselves and put an end to the virus.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1,185,000 HIV-positive individuals live in the United States and 25 to 30 percent infected with the virus do not know they are infected.

The Worth AIDS Day presentation is sponsored in part by Commcare Pharmacy.

Compass is the largest gay and lesbian community center in the Southeast United States and serves Palm Beach County. Compass is located at 7600 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-533-9699 or visit www.compassglcc.com.


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