Hampton University is recognizing World AIDS Day on the campus Dec. 2. The day’s events are being sponsored by the University’s Office of Student Activities and Health Center. Every year, World AIDS Day events take place across the country to raise awareness and show support for people living with the disease.
At HU, HIV/AIDS testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, and several activities are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m., including a charity concert, spoken word and singers who will perform about AIDS awareness and prevention, and a balloon walk to the campus waterfront to commemorate loved ones who have succumbed to HIV/AIDS.
At 7 p.m. in the Student Center Cyber Lounge, there will be a panel discussion, "AIDS Unveiled,” in conjunction with the Eastern Virginia AIDS Network (EVAN). Individuals who have contracted HIV/AIDS will speak about how AIDS has affected their life and current situations.
HU Junior Alia Barnes is helping coordinate this year’s activities. She is hopeful activities like the sessions with those personally affected by HIV/AIDS, will make a difference in decisions students make about intimacy.
“Hearing personal stories about this disease, rather than seeing the usual ‘Get Tested’ poster allows for the issue to be less abstract,” she said. “Knowledge is more readily available through personal stories that allow for a person to retain those staggering AIDS statistics, and would hopefully make them think twice about not getting tested and practicing safe sex techniques.”
For more information about events on HU’s campus call 757.727.5316.