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World AIDS Week 2009 events


Here are the events for World AIDS Week:

Tuesday, Dec. 1st:
– Meet outside Olin at 4:00 pm to walk down to Community Vigil on Main Street at 4:30 pm. Please wear red.

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd:
– Fundraising Bake/Candygram Sale During Lunch (Usdan) for The Middletown Oasis center and the Global Fund.
– Screening of “Philadelphia” in PAC002 at 8 pm.

Thursday, Dec. 3rd:
– A Capella Concert in Exley Lobby at 9 pm Featuring: Slavei and Onomatopoeia.

More info can be found at the facebook event

Free HIV testing!

The amazing people over at ASHA (AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness) and the Oasis Center are sponsoring free HIV testing for Wesleyan students all the time. Jon Short ’09 sends in the info:

The Oasis Center on Main Street (located in the Community Health Center) has agreed to provide year-round, free, anonymous/confidential HIV testing for all of Wesleyan. Call (860)-347-6971 x3908 to make an appointment. They cannot take walk-ins. All visits are confidential, anonymous, and take 20 minutes. They use the rapid HIV test, which gives you results in 20 minutes.

Where: The Oasis Center on Main Street. Located in the Community Health Center (near Eli Cannon’s and O’Rourke’s).
When: All year and forever by appointment.
Cost: FREE!!!

New Group HIV/AIDS benefit concert

Jon Short ’09 writes:

Come hear The New Group in our fourth concert this semester. We’ll be collecting voluntary donations for the Oasis Center in Middletown and the Treatment and Action Campaign in South Africa, two really awesome HIV relief organizations. We also have CDs for sale.

More information is available at the Facebook Event.

Date: Monday, Nov. 24
Time: 9:00 – 9:45 PM
Place: Nicolson lounge
Cost: Free; suggested donation

World AIDS Week events: Odede talk, candlelight vigil, & more

This week – that is, Nov. 17th-21st – is World AIDS Week 2008. Emily Hoffman ’10 describes it as “a week when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Week.”

All sorts of events are planned for the week. We were late in posting this, so you already missed what was supposed to be a great lecture yesterday (sorry!) but check out some of the other events planned for this week:

Tuesday, November 18th (TONIGHT), 7 pm, PAC 002

Talk with Kennedy Odede, Wesleyan Freshman: Kennedy will speak about growing up in Kenya and the toll AIDS took on his hometown.

Wednesday, November 19th, 7 pm, Olin Lobby

Candlelit Vigil: Middletown residents will speak about their experiences living with HIV.

Friday, November 21, 10:30 pm, WestCo Cafe

a dance party!

ALL WEEK, Usdan:

Come visit us at our table and sign a letter urging the U.S. to allocate sufficient funds for the Global Fund! The Global fund is a program that funds over 500 programs worldwide that fight TB, Malaria, and AIDS. By 2010 the program will need 6-8 billion dollars in order to continue funding its programs. It is imperative that the U.S. maintain a its role as a strong donor in order for other donors to continue supporting the fund, and for it to remain strong.

T-shirts will also be on sale in Usdan for $6. All money goes to the Treatment Action Campaign (T.A.C.).

T.A.C.campaigns for treatment for people with HIV and to reduce new HIV infections. Their efforts have resulted in many life-saving interventions, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programs.

Sponsored by The Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) and AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA)

A Closer Walk at PAC

Friday event:

This weekend Students for Social Justice will be showing A Closer Walk. A Closer Walk examines the underlying causes of AIDS; the relationship between health, dignity, and human rights; and the universal need for action, compassion, and commitment to counter what has become the worst plague in human history. The film’s director and producer, Robert Bilheimer, is an Academy Award nominee and the film was conceived with the late Jonathan Mann, architect of the World Health Organization’s response to global AIDS.

What: Screening “A Closer Walk”
When: Friday at 6:30
Where: PAC 001
Plus there will be snacks! See you all there!

Talkin’ AIDS with Kids!

If your parents were like mine and neglected to ever give you a straight up facts of life talk, your sex education probably consisted mostly of 7th grade health class, “special episodes” of your favorite shows in which someone gets molested by a creepy neighbor, and/or a lot of furtive time online. But chances are, no matter how open-minded and liberal your parents were, they didn’t go into much more detail than what euphemism goes into what other euphemism to produce the magic that is you until you were at least in imminent danger of going all pubescent on them.

In the new documentary “Please Talk to Kids About AIDS”, the adorable kindergarten-age daughters of two filmmakers tag along with their parents to the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto, where they were filmed interviewing top AIDS experts, gay activists, condom distributors, drag performers, and sex toy salespeople, resulting in a lot of awkwardness and interesting connotations about how much explicit information kids can safely handle. Apparently the girls took most of it in stride:

Sevilla did say she was scared twice — once by an African guerrilla theater skit showing a village massacre and an orphaned girl forced into a sugar-daddy relationship, once by learning what a sex worker did. “I know it’s a job,” she said, “but it’s a weird job.”

From the mouths of babes! You can watch the entire 26-minute documentary here for free.