FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s “Crossroads,” the Gay-Straight Student Alliance, will sponsor a candlelight vigil on Dec. 1 in observance of the 13th-annual World AIDS Day.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the pond in DuRant Park across from the Smith University Center. It will conclude in the McNair Science Building Auditorium, where members of Crossroads and other attendees will share poetry, open testimonials and AIDS-related statistics. The event is free and open to the public.
As HIV/AIDS has become such a threat throughout the United States and the world, Crossroads aims to increase awareness of the epidemic among students, faculty and staff at Francis Marion University.
The global HIV/AIDS epidemic has become so alarming that the United States has declared AIDS a national security threat. As of 1999, 34.3 million men, women and children worldwide were estimated to be living with the virus and 19 million have died. Last year alone, an estimated 15,000 people were infected with HIV every day. In the United States, 850,000 people are now infected with HIV. Despite the fact that new AIDS drugs are prolonging years of productive life for many with HIV, the rate of new HIV infections remains high in the U.S., with 40,000 infections reported in 1999.
One hundred ninety-one countries around the world are observing this day to draw attention to the AIDS epidemic.
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