AIDS Awareness Week

December 1st, 2009 by Sarah Laleman Ward

This week, November 30-December 4, is AIDS Awareness Week. Around the Hunter campus, there are several events and informational tables on HIV/AIDS awareness and education:

Lesbians Rising and the Gay Men’s Alliance will be hosting a Safer Sex workshop on December 2 from 1-3pm in Thomas Hunter 309.

The Undergraduate Student Government is hosting speaker Scott Fried this Wednesday, December 2 at 1pm in Thomas Hunter 105.

There will also be a series of tabling events December 1-4, so stop by and pick up some information.

Tomorrow, December 1, is World AIDS Day. The government website is loaded with information about HIV/AIDS from basic FAQs about HIV/AIDS to government resources to blogs and podcasts. While we in the U.S. have benefited from advances in medicine to treat HIV and AIDS, much of the rest of the world has not been so fortunate – it is still a global problem.

If you are interested in the history of the rise and spread of AIDS, there are a number of resources you can turn to. The Gale Virtual Reference Library (in the list of Databases under the letter ‘G’) includes entries on AIDS from various sources such as the World of Microbiology and Immunology (links require valid Hunter email address and password), the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, and American Decades. These overviews are excellent places to begin searching for more in-depth information on the topic. They will give you a decent background for further research.

There are also a number of books on this topic. Unfortunately, HIV and AIDS have been a harsh reality since the early 1980s, so there is a large amount of literature from the past 30 years. Here are a few:

AIDS and Contemporary History

The Epidemic: a Global History of AIDS by Jonathan Engel (at the Hunter Health Professions Library)

A History of AIDS Social Work in Hospitals: a daring response to an epidemic (at the Health Professions and Social Work Libraries)


Also, since 1989, December 1 has been designated as a Day Without Art, a “national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis.” See this New York Times article from December 2, 1989 for information on events that took place on the very first Day Without Art, twenty years ago this week.

Are you taking part in any events during AIDS Awareness Week?

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