SUNY Potsdam Recognizes World AIDS Day Nov. 29 with Guest Speaker


Doug Weiss will present “Thirty Years of Living with HIV and Counting,” in honor of World AIDS Day, on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam’s College Theater.

In honor of World AIDS Day, the SUNY Potsdam AIDS Education Group will host long-term HIV survivor Doug Weiss, who will present a talk entitled “Thirty Years of Living with HIV and Counting.”

The talk will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the College Theater, located in Satterlee Hall. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

This year marks 31 years since the first diagnosed case of AIDS in the United States, and the 24th official observation of World AIDS Day, first organized by UNAIDS, an international AIDS intervention organization. It also marks the 24th year that the SUNY Potsdam AIDS Education Group has been in existence. 

This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination. Zero AIDS-Related Deaths.” 

The first case of AIDS was diagnosed in Los Angeles in 1981, even though the term, AIDS, had not yet been coined. Since that first diagnosis, more than 33 million people worldwide have been infected with the virus and more than 1 million people in the United States are HIV-positive. New York and California have some of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the country. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 25 percent of the people in the U.S. who are HIV-positive do not know their status.  The AIDS pandemic has been described by a number of international agencies and health care providers as one of the most destructive viruses to affect human populations. Prevention, testing and treatment are key elements in addressing this health crisis, given that there is neither a cure nor a vaccine.

For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Whelehan, SUNY Potsdam professor of anthropology and campus AIDS education coordinator, at (315) 267-2048 or

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Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.