University Health Center commemorates World AIDS Day

Athens, Ga. – The UGA University Health Center is sponsoring activities to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, both globally and locally, and to commemorate those who have died fighting this disease during World AIDS Day on Friday, Dec. 1. This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Twenty-five years is too long. Be part of the solution.”

The Health Promotion Department and UGA student volunteers will staff tables at the Tate Center Plaza from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Information about HIV/AIDS will be available along with red ribbons and free condoms.

Three million people have died since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in 1981. The fastest growing method of HIV transmission is in the U.S. is through heterosexual contact. Worldwide, there are over 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS.

The CDC has recommended that HIV testing be part of your total health care. Anonymous HIV counseling and testing is available at the University Health Center throughout the year. Call 706/542-8690 or see http://www.uhs.uga.edu/ for more information.