Educational events take place
March 8 and March 13 in conjunction with
National Women and Girls AIDS Awareness Day
(Irvine, Calif. – February 28) – AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF), Greater Than AIDS, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and Golden West College are teaming up to present two days of educational fairs and speaker panels focusing on women and HIV/AIDS.
On March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Golden West College Multicultural Center and AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) are providing a health fair to heighten awareness about the spread of HIV, especially among women. The fair will feature various interactive activities, an HIV-related movie screening, photo booth and HIV testing.
On March 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., ASF, in collaboration with their Women’s Center, will host an expert panel presentation at CSUF. The focus of the program will be the impact of the virus among women.
Dr. Anthony DiStefano, assistant professor in the Department of Health Science at CSUF, will provide the keynote presentation focusing on the basics of HIV and its impact on women. Wendy Lords, MSW, and Timothy Alexander II are featured speakers. Joining the panel are two HIV- positive women who are clients of ASF.
In addition to the panel presentations, educational information and free rapid HIV testing will be offered until 3 p.m. at a Resource Fair in the outdoor Central Quad Area at Cal State Fullerton. A similar fair will be presented outside the Student Center at Golden West College.
Resource Fair exhibitors include Merck Pharmaceutical, Walgreens-Pioneer, OC Bar Foundation, Planned Parenthood OSBC, and event sponsors, CSUF Women’s Center and Golden West College Multicultural Center.
Golden West College is located at 15744 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Panel presentations will take place at the California State University, Fullerton Student Access Center #H-112. The school is located at 800 N State College Fullerton. More than 100 students are expected to attend.
According to statistics recently released from the Orange County Healthcare Agency, more than 6,500 men, women and children in Orange County have HIV/AIDS. People aged 20-39 comprise the largest percentage of people with the disease with a growing number of Hispanic and African-American women becoming infected. Because there is no cure for HIV, knowing ones status is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus. As many as one in four people infected with HIV do not know they have the virus.
AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) is the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit provider of services for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County. Annually, the Irvine-based agency provides help to 1,600 men, women and children infected or affected by HIV disease.
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