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MAPP: World Aids Day Was A Source Of Great Pride, Celebration In St. Thomas


World Aids Day dusk walk in St. Croix

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The World Aids Day Candlelight Vigil, held on Thursday, December 1st, a success in both districts. The Department of Health held simultaneous events on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

On St. Thomas the Candlelight Vigil and reception was held from 6:00pm-7:00pm, at the Emancipation Garden’s Bandstand. The program on St. Thomas concluded with the releasing of balloons into the air in remembrance of those who have died as a result of HIV/AIDS.

On St. Croix the event started with a march from Basin Triangle to the Christiansted Fort. Phat Mapp participated in the march through downtown Christiansted by having government employees carry him on a hospital stretcher through the dirty, grimy streets.

During the Candlelight program, Health Commisioner Michelle Davis provided a history of HIV/AIDS cases in the territory from 1981 to 2014 and said that the improved services that the department has been able to provide those patients in the territory.

Mapp added that “individuals living with HIV/AIDS do not have a death sentence and that no one should be stigmatized who is afflicted.”

The program concluded with rose petals being thrown into the water in remembrance of those who have died as a result of the disease.

A meet & greet reception was followed with light refreshments and conversation, but public attendees were not allowed to come close to the governor, because of his security detail.


CURE 4 EBOLA=Z MAPP: Gov. Ken Mapp (right) explains to Health Commissioner Michelle Davis how easy it is to become grotesquely obese by billing the taxpayers for your beer and wine consumption.


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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