Red lights in Providence to mark World AIDS Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Downtown Providence will be bathed in red Wednesday night to commemorate World AIDS Day.

Seven downtown Providence buildings, including the State House and City Hall will be illuminated in red light as part of a global initiative to raise awareness about AIDS.

Stephen Hartley of AIDS Care/ Ocean State said that despite advances in treating HIV, AIDS remains a serious health concern.

"It's just to let people know that AIDS has not gone away. With new medications people are living longer but we need to get the word out that HIV is still here, you can still catch it and that prevention is the only way to prevent yourself from catching HIV and AIDS," said Hartley.

Other buildings that will be illuminated in red are the Blue Cross/Blue Shield building, the Providence Biltmore, Bank of America City Center, One Financial Plaza and GTECH.

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