Pennsylvania: U. Penn Groups Push for AIDS Awareness
February 10, 2006
The HIV/AIDS Awareness campaign -- an effort of the Office of Health Education and the Queer Student Alliance -- is asking University of Pennsylvania students to get tested for HIV on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. The campaign features speakers and events, and included a Feb. 9 collaboration with MTV's Fight Apathy Tour, which delivers HIV/AIDS prevention-related performances.
So far, many students still believe HIV "is someone else's problem," said Steve McCann, Office of Health Education Wellness coordinator. Few students are touched by the disease locally or in their personal lives, said Suhad Babaa, a junior with the Queer Student Alliance.
Eight students per week typically take HIV tests on Wednesdays at the Office of Student Health. Though the testing calendar is usually booked weeks in advance, administrators hope the campaign will encourage more students to sign up for screening. Part of the campaign includes referrals to free testing locations in Philadelphia.
The Penn Center for AIDS Research also hopes to "do a bit more as far as reaching out to undergrads" and promoting awareness, said PCAR Associate Director Evelyn Olivieri.
02.09.2006; Milly Turakhia, Daily Pennsylvanian (University of Pennsylvania)
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.