May 11, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 19
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Seattle to mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day with remembrance, celebration
Seattle to mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day with remembrance, celebration
Drag show and dance contest at R Place Bar on May 18

The Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, based at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will use the 10th anniversary of President Clinton's challenge to develop an HIV vaccine to celebrate two new partners in its work to educate the community on HIV vaccine research. It will also dedicate the day to the former Rev. Reginald Diggs, co founder of the African Americans Reach and Teach Health (AARTH) Ministry in Seattle. Diggs, a vibrant minister, advocate, educator and leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, died suddenly in March at the age of 42.

"Reginald and AARTH have been instrumental in helping us to build community relationships and educate people about our research," said Kim Louis, community educator for the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit.

Two Seattle community organizations, Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Gay City Health Project, have joined the HVTU in a new "Local Partnership Program" backed by the federal government to help spread the word about HIV vaccine research in the city. The two groups received grants from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases to work with the Seattle vaccine group.

To celebrate HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, Lifelong and Gay City will host a drag show and dance contest at R Place Bar and Grill, 619 Pine St., beginning at 7:30 p.m. on May 18. HIV Vaccine Trials Unit staff will be available at this event to answer questions about HIV vaccine. In addition, on May 19, Gay City will provide a workshop on HIV vaccines at its annual event, Gay City University.

A HVTU press release

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