HIV is a global epidemic that claims over 3,000,000 lives worldwide each year.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Kappa Phi Chapter at Hofstra University decided to kick off their mini-week with an informative program on HIV awareness on October 2, 2012. The overall purpose of the program was to spread awareness and to promote safe sex to the Hofstra community.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. This disables the body’s immune system to fight against germs and bacteria causing a person’s immune system to shut down. Over time untreated HIV can develop into AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), the deadly stage of HIV.
“Some college students are not informed about HIV/AIDS,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. President Kalandra Duncan. “Many students are nervous to know their status so we thought that presenting this program would allow students to feel more comfortable with the process and spread awareness.”
Lambert Liu, an HIV/LGBT counselor from the Long Island area, shared knowledge with the audience on the HIV virus and the importance of one knowing their status. He connected very well with the audience answering questions and making the audience feel comfortable about speaking about the topic.
“This is a very important topic that people should be informed about,” said Lui.
The meeting concluded with free rapid HIV tests being administered with more information about counseling services and safe sex practices being shared with the public.