Across the Bay Area and around the world, communities are celebrating World AIDS Day on Thursday, 30 years after the disease was first diagnosed.

In San Francisco, a coalition of HIV/AIDS service organizations are holding a day of public awareness in the Castro District. The “Paint the Castro Red” event will deck the area in red lights, ribbons and balloons.

Many neighborhood businesses, restaurants and bars will also be donating a percentage of sales to the 30AIDS coalition.

A candlelight vigil will also be held in Harvey Milk Plaza.

Grace Cathedral is exhibiting a mobile sculpture called “Invisible Man,” which is constructed of hypodermic syringes. It will be on display through December 5.

And in the Mission District, the Roxie Theater will be showing a short film compilation,”Still Around,” featuring 15 stories of survival in the age of HIV and AIDS.



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