The Student Connection
The Student Connection

The Student Connection

HU Students Raise Awareness,
get Tested for HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2011 – 'What Will You Do To Save Yourself' 
						T-shirts were on sale in the HU Student Center. (Enlarge Image)
World AIDS Day 2011 – "What Will You Do To Save Yourself" T-shirts were on sale in the HU Student Center.

IMG 0166 – HU students lay prostrate on the floor to symbolize 
						the death toll of HIV/AIDS. (Enlarge Image)
HU students lay prostrate on the floor to symbolize the death toll of HIV/AIDS. IMG 0164 – Students spread the word on twitter about World AIDS Day at HU. (Enlarge Image)
Students spread the word on Twitter about World AIDS Day at HU.

Student organizations at Hampton University commemorated World AIDS Day Dec. 1 with various awareness activities, from a red balloon release in honor of those affected by the disease, to donating the proceeds of student organizations' bake sales to the World AIDS Campaign. The day's theme was "Getting to Zero: Zero AIDS Related Deaths, Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination." The event's Student Co-Chair, Amber Kearney, said the day was a success.

A total of 21 organizations sold ribbons, gave facts and sold baked goods in the HU Student Center. Close to 100 students were tested for HIV/AIDS. Students were also tested for Chlamydia and gonorrhea.

"I was very pleased with the turnout for World Aids Day 2011," Kearney said. "Just as we had hoped, the student body really came together and showed their support for the day. Between all the tweets, organization posters, donations raised, T-shirts sold, and other forms of media, Hampton University definitely took its stand against HIV/AIDS on Dec. 1."

At the university's "Point Forward Day" Nov. 7, another 200 students were tested for HIV/AIDS. The Hampton University Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), the HU Peers in Prevention Program (HU-PIP) and the University Health Center, in conjunction with the Magic Johnson Foundation, hosted that event.

World AIDS Day is recognized Dec. 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died, according to the event's website. World AIDS Day was the first global health day; the first one was held in 1988.

HU students can be tested for HIV at the Health Center for free Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

-Leha Byrd