Aids Weekly Plus
WLFI reported that Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., observed AIDS Awareness Week from November 18–22, with daily activities aimed to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS and to encourage students to have an HIV test. The focal point of the week’s activities was the display of a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which featured panels created in memory of Purdue students who died of AIDS.
Inspired by a candlelight memorial for San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, West Lafayette native Cleve Jones conceived the AIDS quilt in 1985 and created the first quilt panel in 1987, in memory of his friend Marvin Feldman. The AIDS Memorial Quilt now includes panels that honor more than 94,000 Americans who have died of AIDS.
AIDS Awareness Coordinator Lauren Parker emphasized that HIV-infected people could live healthy and productive lives. In addition to the daily display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in Room 118 of the Purdue Memorial Union, planned activities included a march on November 18 from Purdue Memorial Union to the Black Cultural Center, followed by presentations by HIV-infected individuals from Brothers United, an Indianapolis group that provides HIV/STD prevention, education, outreach, and testing; a free screening of “How to Survive a Plague” on November 19; free HIV testing on November 20 as well as a Transgender Day of Remembrance address on the same day by Lisa Gilmore on violence prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or other gendered persons; and volunteer assistance on November 21 for a local family creating a memorial quilt panel. The week’s activities will culminate with the unveiling of a new quilt panel on November 22, in Purdue Memorial Union Room 118, at 3 p.m.