World AIDS Day at UNH
December 1 is World AIDS Day. It's 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.
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.
At UNH, you can help raise awareness this World AIDS Day wearing a red ribbon the week of December 1st. Visit our Sexual Well-Being interns at the MUB food court on either of these days to get your red ribbon and learn about the HIV services available at Health & Wellness:
- Monday, December 2, 11am-2pm
- Wednesday, December 4, 11am-2pm
- Thursday, December 5, 11am-2pm
Pick up a red ribbon and learn more about HIV/AIDS at the World AIDS Day and Red Ribbon information tables. Be sure to stop and observe the Wildcat statue on Main street, who will also be wearing a red ribbon in honor of WAD.
- HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.
- HIV is a virus spread through certain body fluids that attacks the body’s immune system. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease.
- You can get or transmit HIV only through specific activities. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through sexual behaviors and needle or syringe use.
- If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
Young People at Risk
- Young people aged 13 to 24 make up 21% of new HIV diagnoses
- 51% of young people living with HIV don't know it.
44% of young people living with HIV don't know it.
The sexual behaviors of young adults that put them at risk for HIV (and STIs) include:
Sex (vaginal, anal, oral) without condoms
Multiple sex partners
Anonymous sex partners
Not getting routine testing for HIV and STIs
Condoms are a highly effective option to prevent HIV and AIDS.
- Prevent HIV by using condoms consistently and correctly, every time you have sex.
- Most college-age students are NOT using condoms. Find out if you're using condoms correctly.
- Free condoms, dental dams, and lubrication are available at Health & Wellness (room 249). No questions asked.
PrEP and PEP
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take daily medicine to prevent HIV. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. Studies have shown that PrEP reduces risk of getting HIV from sex by about 99% when taken daily.
- PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV.
PrEP and PEP are available at Health & Wellness.
Share your status
After you've gotten tested, start sharing your status with your friends and sex partner(s). The more open you are about your status, the more prepared you will be to make safer sex choices. Don't wait until the heat of the moment to start talking about HIV. It's better to talk about it earlier rather than later - certainly before you have sex. Get help starting the conversation.