Daily titan (12.09.2013)
An article in the Daily Titan reported on “Getting to Zero,” an event at California State University, Fullerton in honor of World AIDS Day. The event, sponsored by a handful of student and advocacy organizations, aimed to show that students can be both sexually active and stay healthy.
The event was a collaboration between the Peer Health University Network (PHUN), Student Health, the Associated Students Inc., the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Center, the WoMen’s Center, and the AIDS Services Foundation (ASF). The event emphasized campus resources and ASF offered free HIV testing to all students. Patrick Avendano, PHUN sexual health chair, coordinated the event. “My main priority was to get as many people tested as I could,” Avendano said.
Other tables included: how the use of alcohol and drugs can increase risk of unhealthy and unsafe behavior; a display of female and male reproductive organs models; HIV myths, stigmas, and stereotypes; and demonstrations on how to put on a condom correctly. “A lot of students don’t know that there are actual steps on how to put on a condom,” said Yoanna Sahle, a 22-year-old health science major. “Some are too shy to do it, but we really try and encourage them…to try and practice and get it right.”
Skits by the Alcohol and Other Drugs committee highlighted different scenarios if someone tests positive for HIV. “I really enjoyed our skits and our guest speaker,” said PHUN Co-advisor Kerri Boyd. “It was really nice to have an HIV-positive person share their story and encourage others to get tested and just to understand more about HIV."