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World Aids Day

World Aids Day


World AIDS Day is December 1 which recognizes those who are and have been infected and affected by HIV and the AIDS epidemic globally. SUNY Potsdam AIDS Education Group (PAEG) will observe the 26th World AIDS Day on Monday, Dec. 2.

This year's World AIDS Day theme is "Zero Discrimination". Since 1981, people infected with HIV have faced discrimination in various aspects of their lives, employment, housing, health care, social acceptance across the globe. In keeping with this theme, PAEG in conjunction with Ms. Melinda Pearson, Educator at Planned Parenthood of Northern New York, will address the intersection of birth control and safer sex practices in a one-hour presentation Monday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Kellas Hall room 106.

About half of all sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. occur in people between the ages of 15-24 years old and 20 percent of new HIV infections occur in people between the ages of 13 and 24 (Garcia 2013). Since this years program discusses sexuality issues relative to HIV prevention, we suggest that parents and guardians use discretion in bringing minors to this event.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Whelehan, Professor of Anthropology and the Campus' AIDS Education Coordinator by email at or 315-267-2048.

Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of Public Affairs, (315) 267-2918