“It is a tremendous honor to be involved with this event that raises the awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Gallup and surrounding area,” said Jordon Johnson, committee member for World AIDS Day and coordinator for McKinley Community Place Matters, an event sponsor. “Where we live impacts our lives,” Johnson said. “With creating spaces such as this on campus and raising the visibility about HIV/AIDS in the surrounding area, it intervenes on the stigma and discrimination that still may exist.”
Anyone attending the Dec. 2 UNM-Gallup World AIDS Day can get tested for HIV with confidential results in about ten minutes, Johnson said. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. While advances have been made in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, it is still considered a very deadly disease. There has been tremendous amount of work done by the Navajo Nation, yet there are high rates of HIV that is important to address. Prevention and early detection are still the best ways to deal with the disease, Johnson said.
Several short presentations will be offered throughout the event. One presentation features a group of UNM-Gallup students who have created a resource center for young LGBTQ community members.
World Aids Day participants and sponsors include McKinley Community Place Matters, UNM Gallup, UNM Gallup LGBTQ* Allies, UNM LGBTQ Resource Center, Department of Health, PFLAG Gallup, local artists and many others.For more information, contact Jordon Johnson at (505) 503-5183, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.