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World AIDS Week Newsletter 2008 (University of Michigan Spectrum Center)

World AIDS Week Newsletter 2008 (University of Michigan Spectrum Center)

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Published by Carrie Rheingans
This special-edition of the Spectrum Center newsletter highlights World AIDS Week at the University of Michigan in 2008.
This special-edition of the Spectrum Center newsletter highlights World AIDS Week at the University of Michigan in 2008.

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Published by: Carrie Rheingans on Oct 27, 2010
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World AIDS Week 2008
- www.umich.edu/~aids/
he 1st o December, World AIDSDay, is the day when individuals andorganizations rom around the worldcome together to bring attention to theglobal AIDS epidemic. This year marks the 20th anniversaryo World AIDS Day, which started onDecember 1, 1988 with the purpose o increasing awareness, ghting stigma andimproving education surrounding HIV/AIDS around the world and in our owncommunities.World AIDS Week is a series o eventsand activities in our community hostedby a coalition o University o Michigandepartments, student organizations, andother community organizations.
11:00am - 1:00pm, DiagPick up supplies and learn more about WorldAIDS Day7:00pm, Duderstadt Center“When It Hits Home: Efects o the Epidemic”An original show telling the stories o those a-ected by HIV/AIDS through a usion o poetry,theater, art and music.
6:00pm - 8:00pm, 3200 Michigan UnionFree and Anonymous HIV Testing
8:00pm, Mosher-Jordan Hall, Jordan LoungeSae Sex 101: HIV and Condoms
7:00pm, East Hall Atrium3rd Annual FaceAIDS Fundraising Dinner
5:00pm - 7:00pm, DiagCandlelight Vigil and Interaith Service
newsletter produced and sponsored by 
World AIDS Week 2008
- www.umich.edu/~aids/
IDS still exists in ourcommunity. Hundreds o people are living with HIV in ourcounty, and nearly 18,000 in ourstate. When we commemorate World AIDS Day, we shouldalso be thinking about what wecan do or our local communities. Tere are many actions wecan take locally to help peopleliving with HIV and to preventurther transmission o the virus. Community service is aninvaluable ally in the work toend HIV and there are needsthat any person can help ll. When we all work together, wecan end this epidemic at homeand abroad.Ater working and volun-teering at the HIV/AIDS Re-source Center (HARC) or years, I learned o many needsthat volunteers could support.As a student in the School o Public Health, I wanted touse the skills I am learning toserve my community. I oundmy answer in AmeriCorps, the“domestic Peace Corps”. Ame-riCorps is part o the nationalservice movement and is a ed-Interaith HIV/AIDS Network (WIHAN) supports clients in Washtenaw County with ridesto medical appointments andgrocery stores. Te GinsbergCenter also oers many opportunities to learn moreabout AIDS through community service in Project Community and SERVE’s programs. SinceAIDS intersects with so many parts o lie, supporting other,related groups helps to end HIV in our community. Literacy andshelter organizations, along with ood pantries, are groups with which HARC oten works.Other actions we can takeinclude advocating to electedofcials or sufcient undingor local AIDS services, as wellas appropriate education andoutreach programs. Tere are many ways toserve our community to endthe AIDS epidemic, rom U-Mand national service programsto working with community groups that directly or indirectly support AIDS services. Workingtogether, we can help end AIDSat home and abroad.eral service program in which volunteers serve up to elevenmonths in various elds romliteracy to the environment tohealth issues. I am currently amember o a National Directprogram coordinated by theNational AIDS Fund. I’m basedin Detroit and Ypsilanti. Tereare also many state programs, as well as programs or specic cit-ies and issues, such as teaching.Individuals can support localAIDS services in a variety o  ways. HARC needs volunteersor many activities, includingHIV test counseling, oodpantry support, and community outreach. Te Washtenaw 
Serving our community to end AIDS
by Carrie Rheingans
MONDAY, 12.1.08
When It Hits Home: Efects o theEpidemic7PM, Duderstadt Video CenterOur View Panel Discussion and Forum5:30-6:30PM, West Quad Wedge Room
Sponsored by Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, SigmaGamma Rho Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
TUESDAY, 12.2.08
Film Screening: Philadelphia8:30-10:30PM, Location TBA
Spnsored by Latino Student Organization
THURSDAY, 12.4.08
Film Screening: Kids8:30-10:30PM, Michigan Union Parker Rm
Spnsored by Latino Students Organization
 The Black Student Union Mass Meeting6:00-8:00PM, Trotter Multicultural Center
SATURDAY, 12.6.08
 The Black Student Union “Remembrance:Recognition o those Afected7:00-8:00PM, Location TBA
 or more inormation
“When we all work together,we can end this epidemic at home and abroad.” 
World AIDS Week 2008
- www.umich.edu/~aids/
have been working in theMSM HIV prevention eldover 3 years. During this timeI have had to become very cre-ative and knowledgeable to suc-cessully provide outreach to theMSM Community.Specic challenges I’veencountered working withMSM in Detroit include limitedresources and a lack o unity  within the MSM community. What I have learned is i you canget through to the “gatekeeper”o certain gay community’sthan you have done a great job. Te younger gay community isoten made o ollowers o the“gatekeepers”. When the “queenbee” or “gatekeeper” is listeningand increasing their knowledgeall o the “little bees” will ollow suit. Eective outreach involvesbeing able to identiy and build aengaging in internet conversa-tion can be tricky, requiring youto become very imaginative withthe HIV prevention message.It is important or outreach workers to understand thatpeople are typically not ininternet chat rooms to learnabout HIV, prevention o HIV or saer sex. All outreach workersmust continue to come up withcreative ways to engage people,in person or on the internet, toeectively educate people andcombat HIV.relationship among “gatekeepers”in the MSM community.Another success to mentionis the use o internet as an out-reach tool. Te great thing aboutinternet outreach is that you haveincreased access to a populationthat you would not necessarily have doing traditional outreach.Individuals who would not nec-essarily be ound at know MSMgathering places are willing tocommunicate on the internetbecause o the anonymity anddiscretion it provides. Although
HIV Outreach Techniques:A Detroit Perspective
by Terrance Terry
he ONE Campaign isa national campaign toght global poverty. With theMillennium DevelopmentGoals in mind, ONE membersboth educate and ask America’sleaders to increase eorts toght global AIDS and extremepoverty. Te ONE Campus Challenge was created to educate andmobilize students across thecountry to join the ght. Each week, challenges are given tocampus leaders in an eortto keep students engaged and
ONE Campus Challenge
by Stephanie Parrish
snparris@gmail.com for more information
enthusiastic. Te op 100schools at the semester break are invited to a Power 100Summit in Washington D.C. tolearn more and share ideas andstories. Te top 10 schools, announcedin March, receive a $1,000 grantto ght poverty in their area.Currently, UoM is ranked #4 inthe nation and has claimed two weekly challenge titles. With World AIDS Week coming up, we will be making a huge week-long eort to mobilize ourcampus to join the ght.

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