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Bethlehem, Pa., November 24, 2010—Moravian College will mark World AIDS Day with a panel discussion, documentary film, and free HIV/AIDS testing on Wednesday, December 1. World AIDS Day was created to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. The events are open to the public and admission is free of charge.
There will be free HIV/AIDS testing available to visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the UBC Room located in the Haupert Union Building (HUB).
A panel discussion will be held by two Lehigh Valley area experts on HIV/AIDS at 4:30 p.m. in the UBC Room. Victoria Mc Kinzey-Gonzalez, program manager of AIDSnet, will present “Current Trends of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Regionally and Nationally.” She will be joined by Ned Wallace, M.D., M.P.A. a retired physician who has been involved in international health and medicine. He will present “The Aids Epidemic After 30 years.”
A screening of the documentary film “Tiny Tears” will be shown in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building, at 7 p.m. Narrated by actor Danny Glover, Tiny Tears is an uplifting and inspiring documentary about children living with HIV/AIDS. It had its world premier at in May of 2010 at The United Nations and has had screenings in Cannes and many other film festivals. Directed by Robert Corna, Tiny Tears was filmed in Thailand, Uganda, Brazil, and the United States –all countries that have been at the center of the AIDS epidemic for the past 25 years. The film focuses on children whose lives have been affected by the virus – not only to create awareness, but also to inspire, for their strength teaches a lesson about life: the lesson that hope can be born out of tragedy.
AIDSNET, a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is one of seven federally-mandated HIV/AIDS coalitions in Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1991 on the premise that the best way to contain the HIV pandemic is through regional strategy. AIDSNET is responsible for the development of a comprehensive continuum of prevention and care services and acts as the fiscal agent for federal Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Modernization Act and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), State 656 and other HIV/AIDS-related funding. The organization's efforts are aimed at both stopping the spread of HIV infection and providing medical and social services through a network of service providers to those who have been infected.
The events are sponsored by: IDEA, The Office of Institutional Diversity, Spectrum, and APE at Moravian College. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Gloria Guth at 610-625-7847. For general information, call 610 861-1491.
Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.3 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2009 some 2.6 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 1.8 million people.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.