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UTSA's HIV/AIDS Getting in the Know Expo is June 25

By Howaida Werfelli
Health Education Coordinator, Student Health Services

(June 12, 2009)--Members of the UTSA and San Antonio communities are invited to the Getting in the Know Expo on June 25 as part of National HIV Testing Day. In its 15th national observance, the event focuses on providing information and encouraging at-risk individuals to receive HIV counseling and testing.

>> The UTSA event is 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at Student Health Services in Recreation and Wellness Center Room 1.500 on the Main Campus. Free, confidential HIV testing will be provided on a walk-in basis by the organization Beat AIDS, along with activities and giveaways.

>> Additionally, free, confidential walk-in HIV testing will be provided from 4 to 8 p.m. June 25 at Student Health Services in Buena Vista Street Building Room 1.308 on the Downtown Campus.

The events are hosted by UTSA Student Health Services and SHADES (Sexual Health, Alcohol and Drug Education for Students).


  • According to UNAIDS estimates, an estimated 40,000 in the United States become infected with HIV each year.
  • 1.2 million adults and children in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2005 and 16,000 adult and child deaths due to AIDS were reported.
  • Approximately half of those who become infected with HIV do so before age 25.
  • At least one-fourth of those who are HIV-positive do not know it.
  • Approximately 95 percent of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations. But, HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.
  • The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness worn by people year-round to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.

How to support National HIV Testing Day

  • Raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.
  • Wear a red ribbon and ask others to do the same.
  • Protect yourself and your partner or partners -- the first and best way to stop the spread of HIV.
  • If you are worried -- get tested.


For more information, contact Howaida Werfelli at (210) 458-6428.

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