Wearing red on Dec. 1 World AIDS Day

GlobeMed at Northwestern encourages everyone to recognize World AIDS Day this coming Wednesday, December 1.

In America, someone is diagnosed with AIDS every 10 minutes. In South Africa, someone dies due to HIV or AIDS every 10 minutes. HIV/AIDS is often described as a disease of developing countries, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at the end of 2006, there were 1.1 million HIV positive adults and adolescents in the US.

In neighboring Chicago,

  • In 2006, there were 21, 367 people living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago.
  • In 2006, there were 754 new diagnosed AIDS cases in Chicago and 1,557 HIV cases.
  • Among news diagnoses, 74% were male and 26% were female.
  • Overall infection rates have declined by 20% in the last six years, but the rate among adolescents age 15-24 has increased by 42%.

(All statistics are from the Chicago Department of Public Health, STD/HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, Summer 2008.)

So here are 5 things you can do to commemorate World AIDS Day

  1. Find out the facts about HIV and talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about HIV — make sure they know the reality, not the myths.
  2. Know your HIV status: get tested if you have put yourself at risk.
  3. Talk to all new sexual partners about using condoms. Using a condom during sex (especially vaginal or anal sex) is the best way to protect yourself and your partner from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  4. If someone tells you they are HIV positive, treat them with respect and don’t tell others without their agreement.
  5. Wear a red ribbon as a symbol of your support for everyone affected by HIV, and to raise awareness. The red ribbon has been an international symbol of AIDS awareness since 1991. It has been worn as a sign of support for people living with HIV. Wearing a red ribbon for World AIDS Day is a simple and powerful way to show support and challenge the stigma and prejudice surrounding HIV and AIDS that prevents us from tackling HIV. –KATIE SMILEY

Act Local, Think Global (TONIGHT!)

Thursday (TONIGHT!), Nov. 11th, 8:00 p.m. in Swift 107

Community organizing or international development? Working abroad or in your own backyard? How do you engage?

They’re questions everyone has asked, but few have been able to answer. Join NUCHR, GES, NCDC and GlobeMed for a thought-provoking panel discussion this Thursday (TONIGHT)! This is the next in the “Why Does it Matter, NU?” series, bringing the NU community together to discuss how to follow their passions into sustainable change.


Wrapping up fall quarter with GlobeMed at Northwestern

It’s hard to believe that the end of fall quarter 2010 is already in sight! Here’s what GlobeMed at Northwestern will be the up to, all the way up until Finals Week!

Civically Engaged Young Alumni Week
The Center for Civic Engagement’s Civically Engaged Young Alumni Week kicked off tonight with a keynote speech by Will Butler of Arcade Fire. The week’s event also includes a Global Health Alumni panel on November 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the McCormick Tribune Forum.

Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 pm (location TBA): GlobeMed/GES/NUCHR panel on local versus global engagement and the role we as students can have in important social justice movements.

Monday, November 15 (time and location TBA): GlobeMed/Living Wage Campaign/NCDC/Peace Project present health and human rights activist Cleve Jones. He will be speaking on a variety of issues that night and it should be pretty insightful!

Tuesday, November 16 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Tech LR4: GlobeMed/Engineering World Health speaker event: Kellogg professor Kara Palamountain will be speaking about affordable diagnostic devices for infectious diseases in developing countries and the challenges that confront researchers in these fields.

Thursday, December 2 (afternoon time and location TBA): First book club event that will center around discussing Mountains Beyond Mountains.