World AIDs Day 2011 recognized on the ASC campus

(11-22-2010)

Stories, music, and quiet memories are all planned for the annual candlelight vigil, in the observance of World AIDs Day, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Adams State College Student Life Center, located on the northeast end of the Student Union Building. The vigil will feature an educational presentation, personal stories in English, Spanish and American Sign Language, inspirational readings, and music by 68 West and community members, Emily Robinson and Allison Kitchen.

Again this year, an especially meaningful part of the evening will be the presence of three AIDS Memorial Quilt panels and the lighting of candles in memoriam and for special intentions. The event is free and open to the public.

HIV and AIDs have been hugely impactful to world health for over thirty years. Nearly everyone has been touched in some way by this issue, which reached pandemic proportions at its height. Although progress is being made, HIV and AIDs remain among the most urgent humanitarian concerns of our day. Because of this, it is important to keep this issue alive in the public consciousness.

Prevention depends upon proper education and awareness, funding for research, as well as equitable and affordable distribution of medical care worldwide. The theme of this year's recognition week is "human rights and universal access". In the United States alone, one in every five people living with HIV have not been diagnosed, let alone reported. We must continue to take steps to open the door to communication and access to treatment in order to eradicate this epidemic.

The candlelight vigil is sponsored by several campus and community organizations. For more information, contact United Campus Ministry at 719-587-7516.