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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — 26 November 2019

Caracole to Offer Free Admission to First 100 Ice Skaters in Honor of World AIDS Day

The social services nonprofit is promoting the free-admission offer to raise greater awareness about HIV/AIDS in our community.

CINCINNATI, OH — Caracole, the tri-state region’s HIV/AIDS service organization, is offering 100 people the chance to ice skate free of charge at Fountain Square in honor of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. Held annually since 1988, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.  

The admission-free skate will take place on Sunday, December 1, starting at 1:00 PM at the UC Health Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank. The first 100 skaters will be able to enter the ice rink at Fountain Square free of charge, courtesy of Caracole and a generous donor.  

Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 1 in 7 people who have HIV don’t know it and about 38,700 people get infected with HIV every year. That amounts to 244 new HIV infections every year in our Hamilton County community alone.

Also, the Greater Cincinnati region is experiencing a public health crisis in the form of the opioid epidemic, which threatens the gains made on reducing HIV among people who use drugs.  

“Stigma and discrimination are daily realities for people living with HIV. It remains a huge barrier to HIV prevention, care and treatment,” says Linda Seiter, Caracole Executive Director. “Our goal with the free skate is to inform the community about HIV, help stop HIV stigma and work together to end the epidemic.”  

Community support can help organizations like Caracole reach all affected communities and help end new transmissions of HIV.  

Additional admission tickets for ice skating are available for $6 through the UC Health Ice Rink ticket counter. Skate rentals are available for $4. The free ice skating admission event coincides with the WinterMarket at Fountain Square,  free photos with Santa at the Carew Tower and Caracole’s annual ChristmasTree Sale at Findlay Market.  


About Caracole
Caracole is the Greater Cincinnati region’s nonprofit AIDS Service Organization devoted to positively changing lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1987, Caracole provides safe and affordable housing, case management and pharmacy services for those living with HIV. Prevention efforts focus on health and sexuality education, testing and harm reduction strategies for those at risk for HIV. Through powerful partnerships, innovative programming and unwavering advocacy, Caracole is a relentless force for health equity in our community. Learn more at

Questions? Please contact Tricia Bath at or 513.948.2725.  
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To positively change lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS
through prevention, housing and care
  To be a relentless force for health equity.    Unconditional Inclusivity: We believe being open-minded,
non-judgmental and empathetic creates an environment
of safety essential to preserving dignity.

Relentless Advocacy: We champion causes to eliminate
negative impact and stigma from our local communities
and beyond.

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new solutions to improve the lives of those we serve.

Absolute Accountability: We uphold the highest
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but also the most effective.

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hope to have a visible presence and be
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