World AIDS Day is observed on Dec. 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first global health day and has been held since 1988.
Sonoma State University will be observing AIDS Awareness Week with a variety of events. They include:
Sunburst Projects AIDS Quilt - Dec. 2-6, Student Center
The Sunburst quilt is a memorial to the children and adults who have died who were part of the Sunburst family. Sunburst Projects was the first organization to offer a free summer camp for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the world. It also offers respite and an educational program for families impacted by HIV in California and is now in a pilot project in Kenya.
Aid for AIDS Africa - Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Student Center Ballroom B
AID for AIDS Africa will lead a lecture seeking to address the disproportionate number of people of color throughout the world living with HIV/AIDS. AFAA's goals are to educate African Americans and Africans about AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as to assist those affected by this disease.
"Living With AIDS" - Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Student Center 2083
"Living with AIDS" chronicles Sorius Samura's stay as an orderly at a hospital in Zambia where the majority of patients are HIV positive. While there he exposes the horrendous conditions the hospital staff is forced to operate in. The documentary also explains how poverty and the complex nature of African culture and sexuality are hampering efforts to eradicate this horrifying disease.
HIV/AIDS Awareness Wednesday - Dec. 4
Wear Red to show support for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Free HIV testing - Dec. 5, 9 a.m. Student Health Center
Free anonymous HIV testing will be offered at the Student Health Center.