If you are on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus today, spot one of 240 students wearing a white t-shirt emblazed with a bright red ribbon in observance of World AIDS Day. Why 240? Between noon and 1 p.m. today, 240 youth, ages 15-24, will become infected with HIV.
The effort coordinated by Fan Free Clinic and the VCU Wellness Center encourages students to receive free and confidential testing on campus between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Testing will be available for VCU students, faculty, and staff. At 6 p.m., a Vigil of Remembrance will be held in the outdoor courtyard of the Commons with 500 red flashlights handed out to honor those that have died from AIDS.
At dusk, Richmond CenterStage goes red to raise awareness for AIDS.
Richmond joins New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle and other US cities lighting their landmarks in observance of World AIDS Days.
“By going red Richmond CenterStage is doing its part to help raise awareness of World AIDS Day and the (RED) campaign to raise money for HIV and AIDS programs in Africa,” said Richard Parison, Executive Director of Richmond CenterStage. “AIDS impacts every city around the world, and Richmond is no exception. Awareness is the first step in combating AIDS, and CenterStage is proud to represent Richmond in joining more than 30 cities around the world that will also light their landmarks as part of this historic effort to reduce the transmission of HIV.”
The University of Richmond hosts free HIV Testing on campus tomorrow, December 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wilton Center. HIV testing will be available on the UofR Downtown campus Friday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.