FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2008
Contact: K.E. Schwab
Human red ribbon planned -
SRU students join worldwide AIDS Day education effort
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University students will mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day by forming a human red ribbon to remind people that HIV/Aids has not disappeared. World AIDS Day, which started Dec. 1, 1998, is focused on raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.
Students involved with the Health Outreach Through Peer Education program will make information about HIV and AIDS available from noon to 2 p.m. in the University Union and at Weisenfluh Dining Hall. HOPE members will also distribute red ribbons signifying AID/HIV support.
At 7:30 p.m. people are encouraged to come together on the Bailey Library Quad for a "Celebration of Hope." Participants will form a human red ribbon. Each participant will hold a red glow stick to create the illuminated ribbon - a symbolic reminder that HIV/AIDS remains an epidemic nationally and globally.
The Chosen Generation Gospel Choir will provide music, and HOPE will distribute HIV/AIDS information. SRU professionals will be on hand to answer questions. AVI, the campus contract food vendor, will provide hot chocolate.
Participating organizations in the celebration include: the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Black Action Society, Campus Crusade for Christ, the Physical Education Club and others.
Jodi Solito, director of the SRU Women's Center, urges those unable to attend the celebration to wear a red ribbon pin or red clothing Dec. 1 to show support for efforts in helping prevent the spread of AIDS. Ribbons will also be available at the McLachlan Student Health Center.
For more information or to pre-register a student organization for the "Celebration of Hope," contact Solito at 724.738.2670.
UNAIDS estimates there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007, 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Approximately half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.
Approximately 95 percent of those with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations. HIV remains a threat to men, women and children on all continents.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 1 million Americans may be infected with HIV, one quarter of whom are unaware of their infection.
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