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Peer health group discusses HIV at conference

April 20, 2009 12:00AM

The Centers for Disease Control and American College Health Association estimate that 1 in 500 college students are infected with HIV – and most of them are unaware.


This startling statistic was brought to light by a group of Pittsburg State University students when they traveled to the Meeting of the Minds Conference, held April 4-6 in Kansas City, when they were invited to perform a short play.


Kevin Harvey of Pittsburg; Callie Croucher of Pittsburg; Lauren Hankins of Burden, Kan.; Alixandra Foos of Pittsburg; Donny Lewis of Pittsburg; and Erin Carrington of Pittsburg; all members of peer health education group Gorillas In Your Midst, made the trip to Kansas City to present “How Could I Know,” an interactive peer theater program meant to raise AIDS awareness.


The students also outlined innovative HIV-AIDS programming for World AIDS Day, centering on the display of two panels of the AIDS NAMES Project Quilt. The program ended with a student-led discussion and problem-solving session on ways to increase awareness of the deadly disease on campus.


For more information, call JT Knoll at (620) 235-4062.


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