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Wednesday
Dec012010

Students Get Tested on World AIDS Day

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio (PHOENIX) -- College campuses around the country offered free HIV testing for students Wednesday in observation of World AIDS Day.

At Arizona State University’s Phoenix campus, different vendors gave out condoms and educated students on the importance of safe sex. And in just two hours, 27 students got tested for HIV.

Alicia Delavuga, the management intern for ASU wellness, helped organize the event at ASU. She commented that there isn’t enough education about AIDS.

“Unfortunately at a high school level there isn’t a lot of education being done about being safe or being safer,” Delavuga said. “ I think that is why there is an opportunity at a college age to really educate our students.”

Delavuga also touched on common misconceptions about how HIV/AIDS is contracted. “I hope that people still don’t think you can get it from kissing but there are a ton of misconceptions out there and that’s why we’re doing this. There is so much misinformation and we want to make sure our students are educated and they are being as safe as possible.”

Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a sexually transmitted infection that can be prevented by practicing safe sex. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS is a disease caused by HIV that weakens the immune system and can result in death.

At the University of Nebraska Multicultural Center they promoted HIV testing sponsored by the Students for Sexual Health, the University Health Center Student Advisory Board and the Afrikan People’s Union.

HIV testing is offered free throughout the entire year at UNL. The school's sexual health and clinic outreach coordinator Lee Heerten said World AIDS Day is a great way to emphasize the importance of getting tested.

Heerten said the university wanted to put an end to some of the common misconceptions of HIV/AIDS so they used a game centered around those myths.

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