Happenings: World AIDS Day

Texas State celebrates ‘Peace, Love, and Latex’ on World AIDS Day

From Health Promotion Services

World AIDS Day logoTexas State University’s Health Promotion Services and peer education team, The Network, will bring awareness to the global AIDS epidemic on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center mall area. “Peace, Love and Latex” will be the theme of the event to increase awareness about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and prevention strategies and to reduce stigma and misinformation associated with the virus.

World AIDS Day is observed annually on Dec. 1. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and is an important opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. Last year, more than 100 worldwide communities commemorated World AIDS Day with the Light for Rights Campaign, and UNAIDS reported signs of decline in the number of new infections globally.

AIDS quilt on National Mall with Washington Monument in background

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was last displayed in its entirety in 1996 on the National Mall. (Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health)

Texas State will celebrate World AIDS Day with educational games — like condom races — and the distribution of resources and condom packets to students, faculty and staff. In addition to events in the mall area, Texas State has the privilege of displaying a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The AIDS Memorial Quilt consists of more than 44,000 3-by-6-foot memorial panels that have been sewn together by friends, partners and family members to commemorate the lives of those who have died from AIDS.

Free and confidential testing and counseling will be performed in the LBJ Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through rapid oral HIV testing services sponsored by C.A.R.E. Services of Austin. Guest speaker Joseph Duarte from HIV Connection in Austin will also host a panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. in the LBJ Multi-Purpose Room (3-15.1).

students dressed in red for World AIDS Day

Texas State Peer Educators promote awareness and education on World AIDS Day. Don't forget to dress in red!

The quilt display and panel presentation are co-sponsored by Health Promotion Services, the Counseling Center, the Department of Housing and Residential Life, the Office of Equity and Access, the College of Liberal Arts, the Philosophy Department, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the NEH Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.

For more information about campus events for World AIDS Day, visit the Healthy Cats website.

If you require special accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact Office of Disability Services at 512.245.3451 or e-mail healthycats@txstate.edu in advance of the event.

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