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Moravian students to take a stand against AIDS

World AIDS Day recognized with human awareness ribbon at the college

Bethlehem, Pa., November 29, 2011--Moravian College students and interested community members will form a human awareness ribbon Thursday, December 1, in honor of World AIDS Day, on the quad behind the Haupert Union Building (HUB).

Organized by IDEA (Instilling Diversity, Equality and Awareness) and co-sponsored by the campus Office of Institutional Diversity, the Moravian World AIDS Day observance is in support of the UNAIDS campaign Getting to Zero: Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths. Zero new HIV infections.

“We’re inviting the whole college community--students, faculty and staff--as well as community members to help us form this first human ribbon on Moravian’s campus,” says Anne Joseph ’12 president of IDEA. “We want to make people aware of this epidemic and get them to show their support for getting it to zero.”

Joseph hopes to see at least 200 people forming the awareness ribbon, and asks participants to wear red, the color of AIDS awareness.

The ribbon will form at 11:45 a.m. and stay in place long enough for photos to be taken. Tables in the HUB will be filled with information about the HIV-AIDS epidemic, prevention tips, condoms and awareness ribbon pins.

Dawn Breedon, author of “Remember to Breathe,” a motivational speaker and certified life coach and activist who is HIV positive, will speak at 4 p.m. in the UBC Room in the HUB.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.