Fighting the stigma of AlDS


By Jasmine Maharisi – News Editor

In recognition of World AIDS Day, hundreds of students and city residents lined Dodge Street for a candlelight vigil Wednesday.

Each candle represented someone who died from AIDS. The vigil began at 4:30 p.m. and followed a health fair with STD testing from the Douglas County Health Department and HIV testing by UNO Student Health Services.

After the vigil, “One Week,” a film about the AIDS epidemic, was screened in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room.

According to a study by the World Health Organization released Nov. 2009, AIDS is the leading cause of death in women between ages 15 and 44 globally.

On Nov. 20 and 21, a dance marathon was held in the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The dance lasted from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next morning.

The dance was organized by the UNO Service Learning Academy to raise money for HIV and AIDS prevention education.

Earlier that evening, volunteers made pillow cases and bracelets for those affected by HIV and AIDS.  

November is National AIDS Awareness Month.