Stony Brook University will observe World AIDS Day, December 1, with a roster of events offering HIV resource information for the campus community, as well as no-cost, confidential HIV testing and support for students.
World AIDS Day is an annual opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and raise awareness about the pandemic. More than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the gravest global public health crises in history.
The day’s events are listed below.
- Campus HIV Testing – 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
Location: Visit UNITI Cultural Center – SAC (Student Activities Center – West Campus) to learn more. Free Confidential HIV Testing, 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm. LIAAC Health professionals will administer the test and provide results in 2 minutes. Available to public, faculty, staff and students.Location: SAC Plaza – Planned Parenthood Smart Wheels Testing Van. Free Confidential Testing, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm. Planned Parenthood Testing Van. Testing provided by health professionals. Testing available to all students.
- Flu Vaccine Distribution: 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Location: UNITI Culture Center – SAC – Student Activities Center. Free flu vaccine, distributed by Student Health Service, available to eligible students.
- Health Fair: 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Location: Sidney Geller Auditorium. (Table representatives will remain available during first hour of the screening of RENT). Resource information tables to include LIAAC, Planned Parenthood, Pride for Youth, SBU LGBTQ* Services, SHAC – Student Health Services (SHS), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Commuter Student Service, AIDS Peer Educators, SBU PrEP.
- Presentations: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sidney Geller Auditorium – SAC (Student Activities Center – West Campus)
Read-in – ACT-UP Oral History Project 5:00 pm – 6:00pm
Jim Hubbard, Producer, United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, 8:00 pm
Jim Hubbard shares insights into his history with ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), including its quarter-century history and the continued struggle to affect public HIV-AIDS policy. Jim Hubbard is scheduled to attend the screening and will be available to support pre and post screening discussion with representatives from SBU’s LGBTQ* Services.
- Movie/Documentary Screenings
Location: S. Geller Auditorium – SAC – Student Activities Center – West Campus
RENT – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Introduction by Melissa Colleary, LIAAC
In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community.
Blood Brother (documentary) – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Introduction by Kevin Fleming, Campus Residences, Instructor – AIDS Peer Educator Program
Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage — a meeting that changed everything for him.
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (Documentary) – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction by John Martin, LGBTQ* Services
A history of the AIDS activism movement comes from the perspective of people fighting the epidemic. Using oral histories of members of the ACT UP movement, the film depicts the efforts of this organization as it battles corporate greed, social indifference and government neglect.
Events are co-hosted by LIAAC – Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Stony Brook University’s LGBTQ* Services, and SHAC – Student Health Advisory Committee.
Support and additional collaboration provided by Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Health Education Office, Student Health Service (SHS), Multicultural Affairs, SAC Facilities, C-Cert, Campus Residences, AIDS Peer Educators (APE), Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Organization of Public Health Students and Alumni (OPHSA), Planned Parenthood – Smithtown, Graduate Student Organization (GSO), Commuter Student Services, Campus Recreation, Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council, Pi Lambda Phi, Theta Phi Alpha, USWA – Undergraduate Social Welfare Alliance, Brookhaven Residential Village, Chapin Apartments, Active Minds @ SBU, Volunteers Around the World, SBU Southampton, PSY, WST, SOC, EXT Peer Health Interns, and Chill Peer Educator.