World Aids Day

By: Amy Bingham
By: Amy Bingham

A series of events will mark World Aids Day at Western Kentucky University Dec. 1-3. Information is on display tables at Downing University Center.

Participants include Kentucky Minority AIDS program, WKU Health Services, Bowling Green Interfaith Council, WKU Diversity Coalition, WKU Women's Studies Program and Barren River Area Health Department.

On Dec. 3, Lost river will provide music in DUC Night Class as pieces are dedicated for the AIDS quilt at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be a memorial interfaith service and candlelight vigil in DUC theatre.

At 8 p.m., Floord will provide music in Night Class.

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World AIDS Day

What is World AIDS Day?

  • Since 1988 Dec. 1st has been a day bringing messages of compassion, hope, solidarity and understanding about AIDS to every country in the world, North and South, East and West.

  • World AIDS Day emerged from the call by the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programs for AIDS Prevention in January 1988 to open channels of communication, strengthen the exchange of information and experience, and forge a spirit of social tolerance.

  • World AIDS Day has received the support of the World Health Assembly, the United Nations system, and governments, communities and individuals around the world. Each year, it is the only international day of coordinated action against AIDS.

The Red Ribbon

  • The Red Ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around world AIDS day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.

Theme for World AIDS Day

  • 2002 2002 Discrimination and Stigma
  • 2001 I care. Do you?
  • 2000 AIDS : Men make a difference
  • 1999 Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children and Young People
  • 1998 Force For Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
  • 1997 Children Living in a World with AIDS
  • 1996 One World, One Hope
  • 1995 Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
  • 1994 AIDS and the Family
  • 1993 Time to Act
  • 1992 Community Commitment
  • 1991 Sharing the Challenge
  • 1990 Women & AIDS
  • 1989 Youth
  • 1988 Communication

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