A coalition of student groups at Texas State University – San Marcos are hosting the First Annual Texas State HIV Awareness Conference, Nov. 10 through 13 on the Texas State campus.The Bobcat Equality Alliance, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the TJX Companies are sponsoring this week-long event to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, encourage dialogue and have students tested for the virus.
“We hope to increase the level of knowledge and understanding on the issue of HIV/AIDS, specifically the impact it has on college age students,” said Tyler Ferguson, conference organizer. “These events will encourage young people to become proactive in discussing the issue with their peers, as well as give students, educators and community members the latest information about HIV.”
Presentations will include expert panels in the field of HIV care, people living with HIV/AIDS, films on the subject and a candlelight vigil. A complete schedule of events can be viewed at www.msa.txstate.edu/HIVawareness.
“We at Texas State feel this conference is important to the health and well being of many in our community,” said Maria Wasley, President of the Bobcat Equality Alliance. “When the epidemic first began people were fearful. Now that there are drugs to treat it the fear has subsided. We organized this conference to let people know the epidemic continues to impact many lives, and alert them to recent news and trends surrounding HIV.”
The first 250 conference attendees will be given a voucher for a free HIV test, courtesy of the Student Health Center and office of Multicultural Affairs at Texas State University.
The conference will be the first of its kind in the Central Texas Area and is open to the general public. There is no cost for admission and no registration is required.
by Tyler Ferguson
Bobcat Equality Alliance