Thursday, Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day, a day for remembering those who are fighting, have fought or have lost their lives to the AIDS epidemic.
According to the United Nations, approximately 36.7 million people across the globe are currently living with HIV and AIDS. Despite the extensive medical advancements made in the past 15 years, one million people still die from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses every year, and over two million people become newly infected.
#Kent State University offers several opportunities for students to get involved prior to and on World AIDS Day.
From Monday, Nov. 28 to Thursday, Dec. 1, The DeWeese Health Center will be accepting clothing and shoe donations to support Planet Aid, a non-profit organization that works to provide resources to people in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
On Wednesday, Nov. 30 there was a resource table on the second floor mezzanine of the Kent State Student Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. giving out information about HIV/AIDS and other relating issues.
On Thursday, Dec 1, there will be a roundtable discussion about new HIV prevention methods in the 21st century. The discussion will take place at 2 p.m. in room 024 of the Kent State Student Center
A keynote presentation will also be given, on both progress that has been made and challenges that still remain in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The presentation will feature Dr. Dianne L. Kerr, a professor of health education and promotion, and Kat Holtz, an HIV specialist at the Portage County Health Department. The event will take place from 7 – 8 p.m. in room 306 of the Kent State Student Center.
Free confidential HIV testing is available by appointment from Dec. 1 – 5. The number to call to make an appointment is (330) 672 2320.
For more information about on-campus events for World AIDS Day, contact University Health Services.