The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection. Nearly 1in 5 of those people are unaware of their infection. The World Health Organization set World AIDS Day for Dec. 1, and communities are asked to Act Aware. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine students will host events to commemorate HIV Awareness Week Dec. 2-6.
Greg Hannabas, event organizer and second-year medical student, said acting aware means finding out the facts about HIV and using this knowledge to protect yourself and others from the disease.
"As a community, we are responsible to educate ourselves of the risks HIV poses in order to prevent its spread and support those already affected by this devastating and tragic disease," Hannabas said. "Ultimately, education and prevention can reduce transmission and prevalence protecting future generations from this insidious virus."
6:30 p.m. at the TTUHSC Academic Classroom Building, 3601 Fourth St. Room 100.
"A Closer Walk," the first feature-length film to address the global AIDS crisis. The documentary explores the underlying causes of the disease; the relationship between health, dignity and human rights; and the universal need for action to counter the pandemic. Narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, the film includes profiles of more than 50 people touched by AIDS, as well as interviews with widely recognized figures such as the Dalai Lama and singer Bono. Free pizza will be provided by the Office of International Affairs to the first 50 attendees.
Noon at the Texas Tech University West Plaza (between the Student Union Building and the library), 15th St. and Akron Ave.
The Flower Wall, an opportunity for flowers to be purchased for a suggested $3 donation and placed on a wall display in honor of individuals affected by HIV. All proceeds will support local HIV awareness organizations.
Noon at the TTUHSC Academic Classroom Building room 230.
Speakers will be Leigh Arrington and Ricky Vaughn from Project CHAMPS, an organization of health care and support services for individuals with HIV infections and their families. Also, a bracelet making station will be available along with FACE AIDS merchandise.
For more information, contact Hannabas at firstname.lastname@example.org.