Mayor Bob Hagbom has declared Friday, Dec. 1, as World AIDS Day in Brookings.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, a disease spread by contact with the body fluids of an infected person.

Hagbom issued the proclamation at the request of Sally BarronKunkle of the HIV/AIDS Task Force.

As a representative of the HIV/AIDS Task Force and a health professional, I appreciate your interest in this global problem and applaud your continued support, which encourages education and enlightenment of the public, and may eventually solve this far-reaching health care challenge, BarronKunkle wrote to Hagbom.

BarronKunkle said the task force will have a candlelight memorial at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Chetco Community Public Library.

We will have posters drawn by science class students on display at the library, BarronKunkle said.

The Brookings proclamation reads in part: the global epidemic of HIV infection and AIDS requires a worldwide effort to increase communication, education and united action to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS (and) the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) observes Dec. 1 of each year as World AIDS Day, a day to expand and strengthen the worldwide effort to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

UNAIDS now estimates that 34 million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS, with young people under the age of 25 accounting for more than half of all new infections.

The American Association for World Health estimates more than 850,000 AIDS cases have been reported in the U.S.

The citys proclamation states that World AIDS Day provides an opportunity to focus local, national and international attention on HIV infection and AIDS and and to disseminate information on how to prevent the spread of HIV

(And)because men represent the majority of people living with HIV/AIDS, the World AIDS Day 2000 theme, All Men Make A Difference urges all men to increase their awareness of the risk of HIV/AIDS for themselves, their partners and their children and to use their influence in their families, among their friends and in their communities to help stem the tide of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Mayor Hagbom proclaimed Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day in Brookings and invited all citizens to take part in activities and observances designed to increase awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS as a global challenge.