Since 1988, December 1 has been globally recognized as World AIDS Day, a day meant to remember those who have succumbed, those who are still fighting and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention. There are many ways you can celebrate World AIDS Day this Thursday and below are some local events you can attend:
The University of Toledo's Office of LGBTQIA Initiatives is hosting a resource fair from 10a-2p in Student Union Room 2582. There will be a screening of the Queen Latifah film "Life Support" and free, confidential HIV testing courtesy of AIDS Resource Center of Ohio (ARC-OH). For more information, please visit www.utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/lgbt/index.html.
Also at UT: The African Peoples Association invites guests to attend their annual AIDS Gala from 7p-10p in UT's Student Union Auditorium. Formal attire - black, white, and red - is required and tickets willbe sold at the door for $5.
On Saturday, December 3, UT's Black Student Union, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Student National Medical Association and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association are sponsoring an AIDS Walk from 12p-3p in the Student Recreation Center. A $5 donation is required for involvement.
Bowling Green State University is hosting a World AIDS Day Carnival from 10a-3p in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Ballroom. The carnival is open to the public and will include carnival games, educational posters, raffle prizes, and free, confidential HIV testing courtesy of ARC-OH. For more information, please visit www.WorldAIDSDayCarnival.com.
You don't have go to one of these events to celebrate World AIDS Day. Our suggestion? Get tested. Get educated. Share what you learn. Protect yourself. If you would like to pick up free condoms and/or detal dams, they are always available during RAY meetings.