Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) will show its support in the fight against HIV and AIDS and honor those who have passed away on World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1 with a series of commemorations around town.

At 10 a.m., the world-famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign will turn red with Clark County commissioners and officials alongside AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo to recognize the significance of the day in both Las Vegas and internationally.

Several casinos and landmarks across the valley will also turn their marquees red in support of this cause, including The Venetian and The Palazzo, Keep Memory Alive Event Center, Fremont Street Experience, Stratosphere Casino, Hotel, & Tower, Plaza Hotel & Casino, Miracle Mile Shops, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

“We wanted to make this year the biggest and brightest year yet,” said Carrillo. “It is incredible to see so many of Las Vegas’ landmarks stand united for this cause. World AIDS Day serves as a reminder that this disease still affects people today and how important it is to take control of your health and know your status.”

The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and was the first-ever health awareness day to be recognized globally. Today, an estimated 34 million people live with HIV worldwide and AFAN helps more than 1,200 adults and children in Southern Nevada through direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.

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AFAN Commemorates World AIDS Day December 1