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2012.11.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO to Make Blankets, Offer HIV Testing for World AIDS Day

Omaha - HIV has affected an estimated 2 million Americans since 1981 with 50,000 becoming infected each year. Worse yet, nearly one in five of those living with HIV are unaware they are infected.

Numbers like these, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are exactly the information the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) wants to make students, faculty and staff aware of as part of this year’s World AIDS Day events.

On Friday, Nov. 30, UNO’s Student-Community Leadership and Service (SCLS) organization, in collaboration with UNO Health Services, welcome the Omaha community to join the UNO community make fleece blankets, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge of the Milo Bail Student Center, located on UNO’s Dodge Street Campus.

Materials will be provided to make the blankets, which will be donated to those affected by AIDS and HIV.

UNO Health Services will also be offering free HIV tests to UNO faculty, staff, and students throughout the day.

Every year, countries all over the world dedicate Dec. 1 to World AIDS Day; a day to remember those affected by AIDS and HIV, and to raise awareness of the importance of testing for STDs.

World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and, according to worldaidscampaign.org, the World AIDS Campaign’s goal is “to ensure that governments and policy makers meet the HIV targets they set…[and mobilize] the necessary resources for a world where people do not die of AIDS.”

For more information on World AIDS Day at UNO please contact Lindsey Scott at lindseyscott@unomaha.edu.

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