A cultural gala was held at Havana’s Lázaro Peña Theater as part of the World Day in Response to HIV/AIDS marked each December 1st.
The gala featured the performance of renowned young Cuban musicians and singers, such as Laritza Bacallao, Vania Borges, Edesio Alejandro, Patricio Amaro, Yolie, Arlenis and the Lizt Alfonso Ballet.
“Working to reach zero” was the gala’s slogan, aimed strengthening actions to face the challenges of fighting HIV/AIDS which has killed 36 million people and infected more than 35 million throughout the world. In Cuba some 18000 cases have been detected since the first person tested positive on the island in the mid 1980’s out of a population of 11.2 million inhabitants, one of the lowest in the world.
Cuba dedicates the Day to the 15th anniversary of the National Center for the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD, HIV/AIDS). The Esperaza Prizes or Prizes of Hope were also presented to teams and people who have stood out in STD, HIV/AIDS prevention and in promoting solidarity and acceptance toward people living with HIV/AIDS.
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