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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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he 1st of December, World AIDS Day, is the day when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. This year marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which started on December 1, 1988 with the purpose of increasing awareness, fighting stigma and improving education surrounding HIV/ AIDS around the world and in our own communities. World AIDS Week is a series of events and activities in our community hosted by a coalition of University of Michigan departments, student organizations, and other community organizations.


11:00am - 1:00pm, Diag Pick up supplies and learn more about World AIDS Day 7:00pm, Duderstadt Center “When It Hits Home: Effects of the Epidemic” An original show telling the stories of those affected by HIV/AIDS through a fusion of poetry, theater, art and music.

6:00pm - 8:00pm, 3200 Michigan Union Free and Anonymous HIV Testing

8:00pm, Mosher-Jordan Hall, Jordan Lounge Safe Sex 101: HIV and Condoms

7:00pm, East Hall Atrium 3rd Annual FaceAIDS Fundraising Dinner

5:00pm - 7:00pm, Diag Candlelight Vigil and Interfaith Service

newsletter produced and sponsored by

World AIDS Week 2008 - www.umich.edu/~aids/

Serving our community to end AIDS
by Carrie Rheingans


IDS still exists in our community. Hundreds of people are living with HIV in our county, and nearly 18,000 in our state. When we commemorate World AIDS Day, we should also be thinking about what we can do for our local communities. There are many actions we can take locally to help people living with HIV and to prevent further transmission of the virus. Community service is an invaluable ally in the work to end HIV and there are needs that any person can help fill. When we all work together, we can end this epidemic at home and abroad. After working and volunteering at the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) for years, I learned of many needs that volunteers could support. As a student in the School of Public Health, I wanted to use the skills I am learning to serve my community. I found my answer in AmeriCorps, the “domestic Peace Corps”. AmeriCorps is part of the national service movement and is a fedMONDAY, 12.1.08 When It Hits Home: Effects of the Epidemic 7PM, Duderstadt Video Center

eral service program in which volunteers serve up to eleven months in various fields from literacy to the environment to health issues. I am currently a member of a National Direct program coordinated by the National AIDS Fund. I’m based in Detroit and Ypsilanti. There are also many state programs, as well as programs for specific cities and issues, such as teaching. Individuals can support local AIDS services in a variety of ways. HARC needs volunteers for many activities, including HIV test counseling, food pantry support, and community outreach. The Washtenaw

“When we all work together, we can end this epidemic at home and abroad.”

Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (WIHAN) supports clients in Washtenaw County with rides to medical appointments and grocery stores. The Ginsberg Center also offers many opportunities to learn more about AIDS through community service in Project Community and SERVE’s programs. Since AIDS intersects with so many parts of life, supporting other, related groups helps to end HIV in our community. Literacy and shelter organizations, along with food pantries, are groups with which HARC often works. Other actions we can take include advocating to elected officials for sufficient funding for local AIDS services, as well as appropriate education and outreach programs. There are many ways to serve our community to end the AIDS epidemic, from U-M and national service programs to working with community groups that directly or indirectly support AIDS services. Working together, we can help end AIDS at home and abroad.

THURSDAY, 12.4.08 Film Screening: Kids 8:30-10:30PM, Michigan Union Parker Rm
Spnsored by Latino Students Organization

Our View Panel Discussion and Forum 5:30-6:30PM, West Quad Wedge Room
Sponsored by Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

The Black Student Union Mass Meeting 6:00-8:00PM, Trotter Multicultural Center SATURDAY, 12.6.08 The Black Student Union “Remembrance: Recognition of those Affected 7:00-8:00PM, Location TBA
Email black.knowledge68@gmail.com for more information

TUESDAY, 12.2.08 Film Screening: Philadelphia 8:30-10:30PM, Location TBA
Spnsored by Latino Student Organization

World AIDS Week 2008 - www.umich.edu/~aids/

HIV Outreach Techniques: A Detroit Perspective I
have been working in the MSM HIV prevention field over 3 years. During this time I have had to become very creative and knowledgeable to successfully provide outreach to the MSM Community. Specific challenges I’ve encountered working with MSM in Detroit include limited resources and a lack of unity within the MSM community. What I have learned is if you can get through to the “gatekeeper” of certain gay community’s than you have done a great job. The younger gay community is often made of followers of the “gatekeepers”. When the “queen bee” or “gatekeeper” is listening and increasing their knowledge all of the “little bees” will follow suit. Effective outreach involves being able to identify and build a

by Terrance Terry

relationship among “gatekeepers” in the MSM community. Another success to mention is the use of internet as an outreach tool. The great thing about internet outreach is that you have increased access to a population that you would not necessarily have doing traditional outreach. Individuals who would not necessarily be found at know MSM gathering places are willing to communicate on the internet because of the anonymity and discretion it provides. Although

engaging in internet conversation can be tricky, requiring you to become very imaginative with the HIV prevention message. It is important for outreach workers to understand that people are typically not in internet chat rooms to learn about HIV, prevention of HIV or safer sex. All outreach workers must continue to come up with creative ways to engage people, in person or on the internet, to effectively educate people and combat HIV.

ONE Campus Challenge
by Stephanie Parrish
snparris@gmail.com for more information


he ONE Campaign is a national campaign to fight global poverty. With the Millennium Development Goals in mind, ONE members both educate and ask America’s leaders to increase efforts to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty. The ONE Campus Challenge was created to educate and mobilize students across the country to join the fight. Each week, challenges are given to campus leaders in an effort to keep students engaged and

enthusiastic. The Top 100 schools at the semester break are invited to a Power 100 Summit in Washington D.C. to learn more and share ideas and stories. The top 10 schools, announced in March, receive a $1,000 grant to fight poverty in their area. Currently, UofM is ranked #4 in the nation and has claimed two weekly challenge titles. With World AIDS Week coming up, we will be making a huge weeklong effort to mobilize our campus to join the fight.
World AIDS Week 2008 - www.umich.edu/~aids/

Know your status, save your life

by Yodit Beru


little over a year ago, my cousin lost his battle with AIDS. He was born and raised in Eritrea, a country in east Africa, and the only thing that differentiated us was our upbringing; he grew up in a developing country without a strong health infrastructure while I was raised in a developed country and had access to good health insurance. He was only a few years older than me but because he could not access treatment, he suffered and ultimately died.

He didn’t learn of his status until the virus had deteriorated his immune system beyond repair. If he knew he was infected sooner, he could have potentially received treatment that would have kept him alive today. Far too many people with HIV don’t know their status. In 2005, a study conducted in six major US cities found that only one in four HIV positive MSM between 15 and 22 years old knew their status. As a test counselor at UHS, I think it’s important that

everyone know their HIV status. I counsel clients to help avoid what happened to my cousin and countless others who didn’t know their status until it was too late. With the advent of increasingly sophisticated HIV/ AIDS treatments, it is possible to live a long and healthy life but if people don’t know their status, they miss the opportunity to get the care they need. Protect yourself and your partners and get tested today!
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quiz courtesy of
1. How do most people become infected with HIV? A) Sexual intercourse without a condom B) Injecting drugs C) Blood transfusions 2. What is the international symbol of AIDS awareness? A) pink ribbon B) white ribbon C) red ribbon 3. About how many people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2007? A) 21.7 million B) 33.2 million C) 62.2 million
World AIDS Week 2008 - www.umich.edu/~aids/

4. In 2007, how many children under 15 became infected with HIV worldwide? A) 15,000 B) 420,000 C) 7 million 5. Without treatment, what percentage of babies born to HIV positive women will become infected with HIV during pregnancy or delivery? A) 15 to 30 percent B) 45 to 60 percent C) 100 percent

6. How many adults and children worldwide were newly infected with HIV and AIDS in 2007? A) 2.5 million B) 1 million C) 500,000 7. What percentage of people in need of antiretroviral treatment in developing countries were receiving it in 2007? A) 10% B) 33% C) 90%

1) A, 2) C, 3) B, 4) B, 5) A, 6) A, 7) B

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