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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
1,200 Students Learn Facts About AIDS in UCLA's Most Popular
Dundjerski, Marina
April 28, 1994
Los Angeles Times--Washington Edition (04/28/94) P. B3

At a time when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies the college-age population as one of the fastest- growing categories at risk for HIV infection, students are seeking awareness with a heightened sense of urgency. "AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases," the most popular course at UCLA, fulfills this need for the 1,200 students enrolled in it. The class was first offered in 1989 as a series of various visiting lecturers, and only a dozen students signed up for it. Five years later, with a new instructor and format, the class size has surged. It is so big, in fact, that the administration was prompted to set up the campus' Grand Ballroom as a makeshift classroom to accommodate student demand. "I consider this the most important class I teach," said biology Professor Roger Bohman. "Because students are sexually active, AIDS is very immediate to them, and I'd like them to appreciate the importance of the AIDS epidemic." About 85 percent of the course material focuses on AIDS, covering fears and stereotypes, historical perspectives, and related scientific and social issues.