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Students, campus observe World AIDS Week

November 28, 2012 12:00AM

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Panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Gorillas in Your Midst, the peer health education group at Pittsburg State University, along with the Office of Student Prevention and Wellness and PSU Student Health Services is marking World AIDS Week, Nov. 26-30, with a series of activities designed to educate students about the disease. The week leads up to World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

At an information table in the Overman Student Center and at other locations across campus, the students will display the number 14 to represent the number of PSU students who theoretically could be infected with AIDS if national statistics were applied to the current student population. Most of those, according to J.T. Knoll, student prevention and wellness director, are unaware of their status.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day, sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, on loan from the Tulsa Area Names Project, will be on display near the northwest entrance of the student center. The quilt is made up of panels dedicated to the memory of loved ones who have died of AIDS.

Student Health Services will offer free anonymous HIV-AIDS tests for PSU students on Dec. 6, 13, and 20. Students may call Student Health Services for an appointment at 620-235-4452. Walk-ins will be seen and tested subject to appointment availability.

For more information, contact Knoll at 620-235-4062, jknoll@pittstate.edu.

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