Speakers at University of Wisconsin Discuss Living With AIDS
September 21, 2007
University of Wisconsin students recently gathered to promote safe sexual practices and raise HIV/AIDS awareness. Speakers discussed their experiences living with HIV/AIDS and stressed the importance of HIV/AIDS education and education in general.
The lectures were part of a weeklong event sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. According to fraternity President Leonard Taylor Jr., Alpha Week is an annual event devoted to issues relevant to the university community.
UW freshman Megan Smits said the event was inspirational, and its message is very important to the local community. "This is the kind of message that we need to be getting out," Smits said. "Everybody has got to educate themselves about AIDS and STDs and unhealthy lifestyles and be open about it."
"If you're willing to die for education and justice, I'm with you," said Maria Davis, a guest speaker who was diagnosed with HIV in 1995. "But if you're willing to die for a one-night stand, a minute of pleasure, then you're on your own."
09.20.2007; Pedro Oliveira Jr., Badger Herald
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.