FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 11, 2011
Contact: Cydney Archie
HIV/AIDS Awareness Week at MUW Nov. 14-17
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women students will have an opportunity to hear the story of a recent college graduate who contracted HIV in 2000. The presentation by Jonathan Perry is one of various educational programs scheduled Nov. 14-17 to promote HIV/AIDS Awareness Week at MUW.
There will be a HIV/AIDS Kickoff Rally on Monday, Nov. 14 at the Gazebo at 5:30 p.m. The rally will be followed by “What Women Want, What Men Need,” a program that focuses on the different aspects of a relationship from both the female and male perspectives. It will be held in the Claudia A. Limbert Assembly Room at 6 p.m. in Cochran Hall.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Wednesday, Nov. 16, there will be a display in Hogarth Dining Center promoting safe sex. The Student Programming Board will host the annual Unity Fest in Hogarth W Room on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday evening, the program titled “Sex in the Elevator,” will be held at 7 p.m. in the lobbies of MUW residence halls.
HIV/AIDS Awareness Week will end with “Cure the Fear” on Thursday, Nov 17. Perry, a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black college in Charlotte, N.C., will talk about contracting HIV while visiting a friend on the West Coast. His presentation will be held in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall at 7 p.m.
Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, director of student life, said, “HIV/ Aids Awareness Week provides our MUW campus with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the virus and educate everyone on the importance of practicing safe sex. In addition, our community is provided with resources to decrease their chances of contracting a STD and/or HIV.”
The events, which are free and open to the public, are being sponsored by the Office of Student Life, Office of Community Living, Student Programming Board, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and the Young Black Leadership Association, a newly established organization on campus. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at (662) 241-6974.