SRU peer educators plan World AIDs day program


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Nov. 19, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University HOPE (Healthy Outreach Through Peer Education) Peer Educators will host an informational program in conjunction with World AIDs Day Dec. 1 from noon-2 p.m. in the Smith Student Center's commuter lounge.

World Aids Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. The 2015 Federal theme is "The Time to Act is Now."

This marks the second year that HOPE has spearheaded a collaborative educational event in conjunction with World AIDs Day, however the group has been providing some education and awareness in recognition of the event for the past eight years.

"For HOPE, World AIDs Day is an opportunity for us to connect to a worldwide movement and unite with others," said Renee Bateman, SRU health promotion coordinator and HOPE adviser.

"Some key concepts we would like students to gain by attending are facts about HIV, to better understand how HIV is and is not transmitted and to decrease the stigma surrounding HIV," she said.

"We also want to share campus and local resources with students who want more information or who may be looking for opportunities to be tested. Student Health Services provides HIV testing and the Protection Connection located in the Student Health Center offers safer sex supplies to students."

Additional educational activities and information for the event will be provided by Rock Out, Women's Center, SUMA, Adagio Health, PPHA - CC and the President's Commission for Gender Identify and Sexual Orientation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

• There are currently 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and nearly one in eight of those - or 13 percent - are unaware of their infections.

• HIV infections continue to rise at a staggering rate with approximately 50,000 Americans becoming newly infected with each year.

• More than 14,000 Americans die from AIDS each year.

Other organizations interested in being part of the event can contact HOPE at Additional information on World AIDs Day, including how to locate testing services, videos from the CDC and prevention tips, is available at

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