Hundreds Mark World AIDS Day in Columbia

7 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, December 01 2010 Dec 1, 2010 Wednesday, December 01, 2010 8:52:24 PM CST December 01, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - People in mid-Missouri and around the world participated in World AIDS day events Wednesday. Several organizations joined together to plan a series of events all aimed at increasing awareness of HIV in mid-Missouri. The five organizations: RAIN-Central Missouri, Trail to a Cure, Sexual Health Advocate Peer Education, University of Missouri Student Health Center, and the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services began the day with free HIV testing at the RAIN office on Wilkes Boulevard and at Stotler Lounge in the MU Memorial Union.

More than 90 students were tested at MU, which was a record-breaking number for the groups.

Visitors were also able to create custom pieces for an MU AIDS Day Quilt while they waited.

In addition to the testing, there is a remembrance service from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the A.P. Green Chapel in the Memorial Union.

A candlelight vigil was held after the service at the chapel. The vigil took place on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway in downtown Columbia. Despite the cold weather, people attended the vigil to show their support for those affected by AIDS worldwide. Participants held candles and waved their banners in the air to raise awareness about AIDS.





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