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KU to Observe 25th Annual World AIDS Day

November 20, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's GLBTQ Resource Center will host daylong educational workshops and displays meant to create awareness of HIV and AIDS issues on Monday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Multipurpose Room (218).

During the event participants can view two 3-by-6-foot panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is a handmade pieced quilt that was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and the largest worldwide community art project.

Allies of Kutztown University, the Health and Wellness Center of Kutztown University, Lehigh Valley Health Network's AIDS Activities Office and other community and campus organizations will be onsite with information and will offer HIV/HCV testing.

KU World AIDS Day continues with a screening of "How to Survive a Plague" at 6 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Alumni Auditorium (183). This award-winning documentary uses never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and '90s to tell the story of how the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and the Treatment Action Group fought for medical innovation to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

Following the film, Dr. Curt Herr, Kutztown University professor of English, will talk about his experiences living in New York during the AIDS crisis.

HIV and AIDS is a global health issue that affects individuals on every continent, and of every gender, race, sexual orientation and economic class. World AIDS Day began in 1988 as a worldwide awareness effort to unite people in the fight against HIV and AIDS, support those affected by HIV and AIDS and remember those who have lost their fight against this devastating disease.