Georgia Southern University’s Health Services will participate in World AIDS Day on Wednesday, December 3 to unite in the fight against HIV and support people worldwide. The campus-wide initiative will celebrate an AIDS-free Generation, provide opportunities for students to learn the facts about HIV and receive proper testing.
The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and today an estimated 34 million people are living with HIV. The virus is one of the most destructive pandemics in history and Georgia Southern’s Health Services made an avid mission to provide a day of activities to promote the universal disease.
On December 3, the first event commences at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free campus-wide HIV testing in Russell Union room 2047. The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health will host a speaker, Dr. Raimi Ewetola from the Coastal Health District to speak on “HIV and STDs Epidemiology and Prevention” in Hendricks Hall room 3001. The Talent Show will start at 7 p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom and will feature special guest speaker Wanda Collier. The third event encompasses the Candle Light Vigil immediately following the talent show in the Russell Union Rotunda.
World AIDS Day is an international health day that many organizations all over the world make an effort to promote. The World AIDS Campaign’s goal is to ensure that governments and policy makers meet the HIV targets they set, the commitments they made, and mobilize the necessary resources for a world where people do not die of AIDS and other opportunistic infections.
For more information about World AIDS Day, please visit www.WorldAIDSCampaign.org