The Network, the peer education team at Texas State’s Health Promotion Services, will host an event in recognition of World AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Day Wednesday on the campus quad.
The event organizers hope to raise and expand HIV awareness and prevention and help to eliminate prejudices associated with the virus.
The Network will sell buttons and passing out awareness information. Campus participants will wear red to acknowledge the day. Free condoms and red AIDS awareness ribbons will be distributed.
Students, faculty and passersby will get the opportunity, for a donation of 50 cents, to dance along with the song “99 Red Balloons” in a tent filled with 99 red balloons. All proceeds will go to support the Rural AIDS Services Program (RASP). Some may recall the danceable song was originally sung by Nena, a German pop star, in 1983.
“Dancing in a tent full of balloons is going to be epic,” said Brad Pendleton, the Network’s vice president. “We’re holding the event pretty close to finals, too, so I’m hoping students will want to let off some steam before they hit the books.”
In support of the day’s efforts, several local business have agreed to offer discounts to people who wear red clothing, awareness ribbons or the buttons sold by the Network.
The Network at Texas State offers interactive health programs to promote wellness and give students positive and healthy experiences in their college years. For more information visit www.healthcenter.txstate.edu/HEALTH-PROMOTION.html.
For more information on World AIDS Day, visit www.worldaidscampaign.org or www.cdc.gov/hiv/default.htm.