AACI at HIV Awareness Day
May 28, 2013
For the past six years, the AACI HIV Outreach, Prevention & Education Program (HOPE), Asian American Recovery Services, The Health Trust, Kaiser Permanente, and the Santa Clara Department of Public Health STD & HIV Prevention and Control Program have joined together to address the emerging issue of HIV/AIDS in the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
On May 2nd, in commemoration of the National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Collaborative of Santa Clara County (AHAC) hosted its seventh event at San José State University to educate and enrich over two hundred individuals about HIV, and the dangers of HIV/AIDS-related stigma. With the help of SJSU’s Alpha Kappa Omicron sorority, placards of HIV statistics were proudly held throughout the university’s campus to depict the message of not being a part of the statistic and instead being informed of ones HIV status. In the heart of SJSU with student organizations abuzz, the high energy level of AHAC members contributed to the success of the event with 33 individuals getting tested for HIV. As the event came to an end, the sight of individuals walking around campus with their bright neon orange AHAC sunglasses painted the success of the continuing effort to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the A&PI community.