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UTSA observes World AIDS Day Nov. 30-Dec. 1

By Adi Pavlovic
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Nov. 28, 2005)--UTSA Student Health Services and the student organization FACES (Finding Awareness by Creating Educated Students) will host several events this week in observance of World AIDS Day. Free HIV testing will be available this week for UTSA students at Student Health Services.

FACES will present a drama on HIV/AIDS and a presentation on sexual assault at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) at the 1604 Campus. Safe-sex packets will be distributed at the event.

A World AIDS Day outreach event at the 1604 Campus will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. FACES has invited six community organizations to be on campus from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Project SAVE, Beat AIDS, Planned Parenthood, CentroMed, Hope Action Care and the San Antonio AIDS Foundation will be at tables at various locations throughout campus handing out condoms and information on their services. FACES members also will be throughout campus handing out red ribbons and information on HIV/AIDS.

Additionally, there will be free, confidential HIV testing on a walk-in basis at the 1604 Campus from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 30 at Student Health Services, Recreation and Wellness Center Room 1.500.

The World AIDS Day outreach event at the Downtown Campus is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Frio Street Building commons. Student Health Services will hand out red ribbons, safe sex packs and information on HIV/AIDS.

Free, confidential HIV testing at the Downtown Campus will be offered on a walk-in basis from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 at University Health and Counseling, Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.308.

World AIDS Day, Dec. 1,is the international day of action on HIV and AIDS. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day is not just about raising money, but also about increasing awareness, education and fighting prejudice. For more information, visit the World AIDS Day Web site.

This year's theme is "Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise," an appeal to governments and policy makers to ensure they meet the agreed targets in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there were 37.2 million adults and 2.2 million children living with HIV at the end of 2004. That year, an estimated 4.9 million people were infected with the virus. Approximately half of all people infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

The UTSA community can support World AIDS Day by raising awareness of HIV and AIDS, wearing a red ribbon and asking others to do the same, practicing safer sex or abstaining from sex, and getting tested.

For more information, contact Cassity Calhoun at (210) 458-6419.

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