World AIDS Day

Patrick Erwin, editor

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day. This day is observed every year to remember people who have died from AIDS, as well as to raise awareness of AIDS medical research and services for people who are HIV-positive.

It’s been 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were identified. And while advances in medicine has made living with HIV/AIDS a reality, the World Health Organization says that in 2009, 2 million people around the globe died from AIDS or AIDS-related illnesses.

Did you know that Truman has some readily accessible resources for people who are HIV positive, or who want to learn more about HIV and AIDS?

The reading racks in the cafeteria have recent issues of publications like HIVPlusMag and Poz.

And free HIV testing is frequently available at Truman – several community organizations have  screening tables in the main building throughout the semester.

The organizations include the Community Outreach Intervention Projects, part of UIC’s School of Public Health. They’ve offered testing Wednesday and Thursdays during lunch and afternoons this semester, and provide results within 20 minutes. They also have an office at 4407 N. Broadway for people who’d like to be tested off-campus.


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