PHOTO CREDIT: National Institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases
By Journalism 280 students
The Student Health Services and the Division of Student Development will take an active role to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS on Nov. 30 by hosting an event about World AIDS day. The event will take place at the Atrium of York College.
According to The Centers for Disease Control, there are currently 36.7 million people with HIV around the world.
The event is open not only to York students, but to the general public. To make people aware of their status, the school will offer free HIV testing. Along with this, they are discussing where testing is available outside of school doors. They refer students to the Jamaica Sexual Health Clinic in order to push the agenda of constantly getting tested. At the event, refreshments such as pizza and sandwiches will be served for the participants.
Assistant Dean of Student Development Randolph Punter said it affects the student body a lot, “You want people to understand that it is important to know how it works and people can avoid getting the virus, and is important to pass information along to others,” said Punter.
Biology major Brianna Fullington, shared her beliefs on the deadly disease’s impact, “This generation everybody is having sex pretty much,” Fullington stated, “It is very important to get checked because more people do it unprotected.”
Jerry Chung, 19, majoring in Nursing, knows first-hand what it’s like for people who suffer from AIDS, “A lot of my friends are going through the AIDS process, being there for them means a lot, I feel their pain.” Chung plans to bring those friends to the York college event on Nov. 30, “there’s nothing wrong with getting more help, and I want them to be healthy.”