Adams State College AIDS Awareness Week begins December 1


Adams State College is hosting a diversity activities for AIDS Awareness Week December 1 through December 4. Three NAMES quilt pieces will be on display at the Student Union Building. One of the pieces was made by SLV community members in 1995. An opening ceremony will be held at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in the Student Union Building.

A performance group stressing relationships and communication, "Sex Signals," will perform at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Carson Auditorium in the Student Union Building. Speaker, Gary Archuleta, will deliver a personal message on HIV and AIDS and the impact it has had on his life at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Carson Auditorium. The annual Candlelight Vigil will take place at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Student Life Center located in the Student Union Building. These events are all open to the SLV community. High school age students are encouraged to attend all the events.

Free HIV testing will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, on the Adams State campus, call Charlotte Ledonne to schedule an appointment at 719-589-4977.

World AIDS Day, observed December 1st worldwide each year, started in 1988 not just to raise money, but also to increase awareness, education and fighting prejudice.

According to UNAIDS/WHO, 2007 estimated statistics, there were 33.2 people world-wide living with HIV/AIDS in 2007, including 2.5 million children.There were also 2.5 million people newly infected with HIV world-wide, and 2.1 million deaths in 2007. At the end of 2007, women accounted for almost 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide. More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981 leaving over 12 million AIDS orphans in Africa alone.

World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

What can you do to help? Educate yourself about the disease, support education in your community and become an advocate. Get tested if you are at risk for HIV due to unprotected sex with high risk partners. To get tested at low cost, call Planned Parenthood at 719-589-4906 and make an appointment with Sherry for confidential testing.

For information on local services call Charlotte Ledonne, SLV Area Health Education Center, at 719-589-4977, a member of the SLV HIV Coalition. For more information about the campus events contact the Adams State Campus Ministry Office at 719-587-7516.