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Bulgaria: International HIV/AIDS day marked in Sofia

The rose-planting on May 19 had a double symbolism: remembering those who died of HIV/AIDS - caused complications, and a pledge to live, fight HIV/AIDS. The roses were planted in the centre of Sofia, in the South Park, close to the Hilton Hotel. Each participant - from HESED, other NGOs as well as from the national Program of Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS and numerous citizens - was given his and her own rose to plant.

The other initiative- candle vigil – planned for Sunday, 20 May at 21,00 in the park at the Bulgaria Boulevard, was unfortunately cancelled due to the rainstorm that day.

During the campaign against HIV/AIDS in May this year the organizers distributed 800,000 info-booklets, posted 20,000 posters and gawe away close to 700,000 condoms. A public service announcement was broadcasted free of charge on national, cable and regional TV stations.

Contact person: Angelina Georgieva
About HESED
E-mail: prohealth@hesed.bg
Website: www.hesed.bg

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