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Decades of Disease: Living with HIV and AIDS takes toll on North County residents

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North County residents talk about living with HIV, which attacks the immune system and gradually kills the cells that play the key role in fighting off infection and certain cancers.

In San Diego County, doctors have diagnosed more than 12,000 people with AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic, through the end of 2005. Two and a half decades after HIV and AIDS became part of the nation's vocabulary, more and more of those patients are living longer with the disease.

Read the full article  from the San Diego Tribune written by TERI FIGUEROA.

Here's a look at World AIDS Day events around the region:

Carlsbad

Pilgrim United Christian Church will host a candlelight vigil will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, followed by a free chili and cornbread supper. An AIDS Memorial Names Quilt will be on display; 2020 Chestnut St., Carlsbad; (760) 729-6311; www. pilgrimucc.org.

Daybreak Community Church will host a World AIDS Day prayer event from noon to 5 p.m. Friday; Daybreak Community Church, 6515 Ambrosia Lane, (760) 931-7773.

Escondido

Trinity Episcopal Church will remember World AIDS Day with a prayer service led by the Right Rev. James Mathes, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, and a concert by the gospel chorus Through the Storm and the Trinity choir. Following the service at 7 p.m. Friday, there will be a reception, educational displays and an opportunity to contribute to AIDS charities; Trinity Episcopal Church, Ninth and Chestnut streets, Escondido; (760) 743-1629.

Vista

United Methodist Church of Vista will remember those who have died from AIDS and those living with AIDS at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 490 S. Melrose Drive. There will be a candlelight vigil in the sanctuary, and a bell will be rung and candles lit as the names of AIDS victims are read. People living with AIDS also will share their stories during the service. Call (760) 724-0442 or e-mail umcvista@juno.com.

San Marcos

Cal State San Marcos is the site where a panel from the Names Project AIDS Quilt is on display through Dec. 8 in the Kellogg Library gallery. At 6 p.m. Friday, there will be a candlelight processional and vigil for AIDS sufferers. Participants can meet at the Campus Way Circle for the processional (rain or shine). Afterward, a reception will be held in the Kellogg Gallery to view the quilt; Campus Way Circle, Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos; attendance is free, but candles can be bought for a $5 donation (all proceeds benefit the World Health Organization and local AIDS charities).

Temecula

Murrieta Valley High School's Gay Straight Alliance hosts a World AIDS Day ceremony and prayer service, featuring educational information on AIDS and performances by student choirs, dance and theater groups; 7 p.m. Friday; St. Catherine's Catholic Church, 41875 C St., Temecula; free; (951) 696-1408, Ext. 5626.

San Marcos

Cal State San Marcos is the site where a panel from the Names Project AIDS Quilt is on display through Dec. 8 in the Kellogg Library gallery. At 6 p.m. Friday there will be a candlelight processional and vigil for AIDS sufferers. Participants can meet at the Campus Way Circle for the processional (rain or shine). Afterward, a reception will be held in the Kellogg Gallery to view the quilt; Campus Way Circle, Cal State San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos; attendance is free, but candles can be bought for a $5 donation (all proceeds benefit the World Health Organization and local AIDS charities).

Temecula

Murrieta Valley High School's Gay Straight Alliance hosts a World AIDS Day ceremony and prayer service, featuring educational information on AIDS and performances by student choirs, dance and theater groups; 7 p.m. Friday; St. Catherine's Catholic Church, 41875 C St., Temecula; free; (951) 696-1408, Ext. 5626.

Riverside

The Jeffrey Owens Community Center will host a World AIDS day candlelight vigil in partnership with the Universalist Unitarian Church, Inland AIDS Project and Unity Fellowship of Christ Church. The 7 p.m. event will be at 3657 Lemon St. and will including speakers and a vigil that will proceed to Main Street. Participants are asked to arrive by 6:30. For information, call (951) 609-9605.

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