World AIDS Day at UNH
World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with
HIV and to remember those who have died.
At UNH, you can help raise awareness this World AIDS Day. Look for our display outside Health Services, stop by our table at the MUB for a red ribbon, or take your photo with the Wildcat while he's wearing his red ribbon. If you post to social: tag us and use #WAD2016. Make a point to get facts, get tested, and get involved.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). HIV is transmitted through blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. In the US, HIV/AIDS is most commonly spread through sexual behaviours and needle or syringe use.
Proper use of condoms can prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
- Most college age students are NOT using condoms properly. Are you? Find out here.
- Free condoms, dental dams, and lubrication are available at Health Services (room 249). No questions asked.
HIV testing (and testing for other sexually transmitted infections) is available by appointment at Health Services.
- Testing is confidential.
- Testing does not use needles (it's a mouth swab)
- Results in 20 minutes
Early treatment is critical to living a healthy life with HIV.
The red ribbon is internationally recognized as the symbol of AIDS awareness.
It was created in 1991 by a group of artists in the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus. The color red was chosen for its “connection to blood and the idea of passion—not only anger, but love ...”
It was never copyrighted so that it would remain a consciousness-raising symbol, not as a commercial or trademark tool. The Red Ribbon has led the way for other awareness ribbon causes.