11/29/2012 03:11 PM
BATON ROUGE – On Wednesday, Dec. 5, LSU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is partnering with the LSU Office of Health Promotion to raise awareness around the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Baton Rouge community with several events throughout the day. LSU is encouraging everyone to “Geaux Red” by wearing red on that day to increase the visibility and raise awareness of this ongoing epidemic.
HIV and AIDS continue to be a major health concern, particularly in Louisiana and especially in Baton Rouge. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2010, Louisiana ranked fourth highest in AIDS case rates nationally. Specifically, the Baton Rouge metropolitan area had the highest AIDS case rate in the United States, while the New Orleans metropolitan area ranked fifth.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the free opportunities listed below to learn more about HIV and AIDS:
|9 a.m. – 4 p.m.||Get Involved|
Free Speech Plaza
|10 a.m. – 4 p.m.||Know Your Status|
Student Union, Third Floor, Orleans and Ouchita Rooms
|2 p.m. – 3 p.m.||Educate Yourself|
Student Union, Third Floor, Castillian Room
LSU’s day of programming to increase HIV/AIDS is being held in conjunction with World AIDS day. Held each year on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day began in 1988 and was the first global health day. According to the World AIDS Day’s website, it is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
For more information on these events, or to participate in the “Educate Yourself” panel discussion or volunteer for the “Get Involved” campaign, please contact Chad Freeman, graduate assistant for the LGBTQ Project/Safe Space Campaign in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 225-578-4339.
Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012