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Community Service Center quiz tests awareness for World AIDS Day

In 1988, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) named December 1 World AIDS Day — a day to call the world’s attention to the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. But nearly 20 years later, the virus continues to spread around the world: there are 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 4,738 in Boston, and more than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.

This year, on World AIDS Day, people from all of the University’s schools and colleges — undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff — will join together to raise awareness of the disease and recognize HIV’s devastating impact.

The University’s Global Health Initiative, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, and volunteers from the BU Community Service Center’s Project Hope are working together to commemorate World AIDS Day on Saturday, December 1. Events include lectures by medical professionals, theater and music performances by CFA students, and films and poetry. In addition, BU medical students will administer free rapid testing for HIV/AIDS at the George Sherman Union. The commemoration culminates in a Saturday night performance by the Longwood Symphony Orchestra that includes Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, which will be performed in Boston for the first time in 20 years. The concert will feature soloists from Classical Action, a unique performing arts organization whose musicians dedicate their performances to the fight against AIDS. The concert is at the New England Conservatory of Music’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston, and begins at 8 p.m. For a complete list of World AIDS Day activities at BU, click here




Vicky Waltz can be reached at vwaltz@bu.edu.