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Campus Observes World Aids Awareness Day

11/19/2008 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley will observe World AIDS Awareness Day with a variety of educational activities from 12:00-3:00 p.m., Monday, December 1, in the Concourse.

Students will display educational posters and a questionnaire will be provided to test one's knowledge of HIV/AIDS. 

In addition, the campus will enact Day Without Art, which began on December 1, 1989, as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day Without Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools, and colleges take part.

AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1. The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, community organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

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