Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been celebrated across the globe to show support for those who are living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died. It is estimated that more than 34 million people all over the world have HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, an infection that can lead to what is commonly known as AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome).
In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Rider University AIDS Quilt was recently on display in the Bart Luedeke Center for staff, students and faculty to view. The colorful handmade quilt seeks to bring awareness to the issue of AIDS prevention and education.
Additionally, a free program called “Let’s Talk About Sex” was presented on campus, which focused on safe practices, getting tested and staying safe. The program was presented by Lynn Eiding, director of Rider’s Student Health Services, and was sponsored by the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, more than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost one in five are unaware of their infection.
AIDS is the late state of HIV infection, when a person’s immune system becomes so compromised that it can no longer fight disease, infection or even certain types of cancer. Years ago, people with HIV progressed to AIDS much faster, but thanks to research and new combinations of medication, people with HIV and/or AIDS are living much longer.