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BC Participates in AIDS Awareness

Red ribbons flood BC's campus as several campus organizations unite to sponsor AIDS Awareness Week.

Tuesday, November 29, through Saturday, December 3, the campus is invited for a number of activities to help spread awareness about AIDS prevention and treatment. On November 29, red ribbons will be available for everyone in the CPO lounge. The campus is also invited to contribute to an ongoing quilt project. The quilt will be made of paper squares available for everyone to decorate as a contribution to the quilt. Information will also be available on AIDS prevention, testing, and the ONE campaign, an organization to help fight AIDS and poverty in America.

"World AIDS Day Panel: Voices of Experience" will take place on November 30 in room 204 of Phelps Stokes Chapel at 7 pm. Students, faculty and staff will share information about different aspects of HIV/AIDS.

In celebration of the official World AIDS Day, on December 1, activities around the campus will include a display at the front desk of the Alumni building from 8 am-8 pm. Danforth Chapel also will be open from 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-6 pm for prayer, meditation, candle-lighting and a memory book. In addition, John Courter composed a song entitled "Gregorian Tryptic" in memory of those who have died of AIDS. The song will be performed during the concerts at 12 pm and 5 pm in the Draper Quadrangle.

A World AIDS Day "open mic" will wrap up the week's events on December 3 from 8-11 pm in the Woods-Penniman Commons. During this open mic, students, faculty, and staff will be invited to present poems, songs, and speak on HIV/AIDS.

The current global statistics regarding HIV/AIDS are stunning.

    People living with HIV/AIDS: 39.4 million

    Children under 15 with HIV/AIDS: 2.2 million

    Deaths from AIDS: 20 million

    Children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS: 15 million

    Percentage infected through heterosexual sex: 70%

    Percentage of young women (15-24 years old) with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: 75%

World AIDS Day began on December 1 in 1988 as an international day to reflect, memorialize and show compassion for those infected and affected HIV/AIDS. It is also an occasion to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and care programs.

The events for AIDS Awareness Week are sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, Campus Christian Center, Campus Life, CELTS, Convocations, HEAL, Student Government Association, Theatre Laboratory, Women's Studies and Women Uniting for P.E.A.C.E.

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