Hampton University is commemorating World AIDS Day Nov. 30 with several student led activities. This year’s theme, continued from last year, is "Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths."
Each year the event presents 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 World AIDS Day website. The first World AIDS Day was in 1988.
At HU Nov. 30, there will be free HIV testing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the HU Student Center Ballroom, and various student groups will have tables set up in the Student Center Atrium to provide information about testing and HIV statistics. There will also be a balloon release at noon, and a candlelight vigil. On Sat., Dec. 1, the day World AIDS Day is recognized nationally, red ribbons will be distributed at the HU versus Howard University basketball game in the HU Convocation Center.
“We are excited about the opportunity to continue to inform the HU student body about the importance of HIV in our community,” said Anthony Green ’14, co chair of the World AIDS Day Committee. “We are encouraging students to be responsible and to know their status, and to be concerned and mindful of those who have succumb to the disease, and those who’re living with it, too.”
For more information about World AIDS Day at HU contact the HU Office of Student Activities at 757.727.5691.