chapter  1
Introduction
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The HIV Council described in this chapter had worked all fall to plan a public display and reading of an HIV Proclamation by the County Commissioners. It took a lot of effort to make something happen on World AIDS Day. It presented an update and report on HIV disease to the Health and Community Safety Committee of the County Commissioners. The shoes would be displayed at the Government Center, and one of the County Commissioners would read the Proclamation after a four-block public march from the center of downtown to the Government Center. Traditionally, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) had commemorated World AIDS Day with a public reading of names of those who had died in the past year. It decided to move beyond remembrance to resilience as the new theme for World AIDS Day, just as HIV disease has moved from a largely fatal disease to a long-term chronic disease.