Provided by Texas Tech University
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 one in five of those people are unaware of their infection. The World Health Organization set World AIDS Day for Dec. 1, a day communities are asked to Act Aware. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine students will host week-long events to commemorate HIV Awareness Week Dec. 2 through 5.
Carlos Loya and Andrew Roth, event organizers and second-year medical students, said acting aware means finding out the facts about HIV and using this knowledge to protect yourself and others from HIV infection.
"This is a great opportunity for future doctors to learn more about HIV and how it affects our patients' lives," they said.
Events will include:
Monday, Dec. 2
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas Tech University Free Speech Area, intersection of Boston Avenue and 15th Street.
The Flower Wall, an opportunity for flowers to be placed on a wall display in honor of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Red carnations are available for a small monetary donation. All proceeds will support HIV services at the TTUHSC Student-Run Free Clinic.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Noon at the TTUHSC Academic Classroom Building, 3601 Fourth St. Room 110.
A panel discussion will address the challenges of HIV and AIDS from the perspective of the patient, family and health care provider. The Flower Wall will be available before and after the discussion. Lunch will be served.
Thursday, Dec. 4
Noon at the TTUHSC Academic Classroom Building, 3601 Fourth St. Room 240.
"30 Years From Here," examines the trials and tribulations the AIDS pandemic has created over the past 30 years. The documentary looks at how the nondiscriminatory disease has affected many lives over many years. The documentary features personal accounts from people who were there in the beginning and have seen both the sorrow over lives lost and the hope generated by advances in medical research. Activists, medical experts, and people who were on the ground describe their stories from the war on AIDS. Pizza will be provided by the TTUHSC Office of Global Health.
Thursday, Dec. 5, is also Wear Red day. Before and after the film screening, red ribbons and red ribbon cookies will be available in the Academic Classroom Building lobby for anyone who wears red in support of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.