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What Do You Know About AIDS?

Community Service Center quiz tests awareness for World AIDS Day

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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 bythe spread of HIV infection. But nearly 20 years later, the viruscontinues to spread around the world: there are 33.2 million peopleliving with HIV, including 4,738 in Boston, and more than 25 millionpeople have died of AIDS since 1981.

This year, on World AIDSDay, people from all of the University’s schools and colleges —undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff — will join together toraise 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 Hopeare working together to commemorate World AIDS Day on Saturday,December 1. Events include lectures by medical professionals, theaterand music performances by CFA students, and films and poetry. Inaddition, BU medical students will administer free rapid testing forHIV/AIDS at the George Sherman Union. The commemoration culminates in aSaturday night performance by the Longwood Symphony Orchestra thatincludes Leoš Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, which will be performed inBoston for the first time in 20 years. The concert will featuresoloists from Classical Action, a unique performing arts organizationwhose 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 listof World AIDS Day activities at BU, click here.

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

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