HIV/AIDS Awareness Week planned at Gettysburg College

"FACEing the Domestic Epidemic" is the theme of HIV/AIDS Awareness Week at Gettysburg College.

The week's goal "is to put a physical face to the epidemic faced in the U.S.," said one of the student organizers, David W. Neagley, Class of 2009, who is an Eisenhower Institute for Public Policy Fellow.

Numerous talks and other free, public events are planned, including:

  • Monday, Dec. 1: "FACEing Death and Finding Hope: Learning to Live with AIDS," 1979 Gettysburg College graduate Bill Butler, 6:30 p.m., Science Center Room 200. Butler  wrote a column about his experiences, "The Hardest Part," which appeared in the summer issue of Gettysburg, the college magazine.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3: "FACEing Your Sexual Health," Nurse Practitioner Susan Herman, 5 p.m., Women's Center, 30 N. Washington St.
  • Thursday, Dec. 4: "FACEing the Epidemic from a Clinician's Perspective," Jo Leslie, certified physician's assistant, hospital administrator, and medical educator at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 7:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Hall Lyceum, sponsored by the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College
  • Friday, Dec. 5: Candlelight Vigil, 5:30 p.m., Musselman Library steps. Members of the campus community are asked to wear red clothing throughout the day.

A pictorial display, "Focus on Living," is planned throughout the week in the College Union Building lobby, sponsored by the campus Health Center.

Throughout December, members of the college community can schedule a free HIV test by contacting the Health Center at 6970.

Additional sponsors of the week's events include the Gettysburg College departments or programs of biology, economics, globalization studies, international studies, and women's studies, Center for Public Service, Action Against HIV/AIDS, Allies, Alumni House, College Chaplain's office, CHEERS, College Democrats, College Republicans, Cycling Club, eRace, GLBT Speakers Symposium, Hillel, Planned Parenthood of Central Pennsylvania, Pre-Health Professions Club, and Women's Center.

For more information, contact student organizers Neagley or Atlang Mompe. The latter's dedication to AIDS-related issues includes a research trip to Botswana.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Mon, 1 Dec 2008

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