Community Responds to World AIDS Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-30-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

Members of the California State University, Chico community will extend outreach and educational efforts to the city and surrounding communities tomorrow, Dec. 1, in honor of the 21st anniversary of World AIDS Day.

Butte County Public Health Department, Del Norte Clinic and CSU, Chico will offer free confidential and anonymous HIV testing at the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) from 10 am to 2 pm in rooms 302 and 304. The OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV Antibody Test, which uses an oral fluid sample and provides results in 20 minutes, will be used for testing.

Butte County Public Health, along with Del Norte Clinics, Caring Choices and CSU, Chico organizations, will be hosting an information fair during the same time period on the first level of the BMU.

A candlelight vigil and memorial walk is planned at 6 pm in front of Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 285 E. 5th St. in Chico. A reception will follow the vigil where local AIDS quilts will be displayed.

There will also be a canned food drive at the candlelight vigil in support of the local HIV Emergency Food Closet. The Food Closet, operated by Caring Choices since 1993, is supported only by community donations of nonperishable foods and nutritional supplements. Cash donations can also be made and are used to purchase perishable items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat.

World AIDS Day, first begun in 1988, is a day when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic.

For more information, contact Tray Robinson, CSU, Chico coordinator of diversity programs, 530-898-4764.

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