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Turning a mess into a message - World AIDS Day at U of T

This December 1st 2014, I attended my very first U of T World AIDS Day event at the Hart House Great Hall. As I arrived to the event, I received a complimentary AIDS awareness ribbon, and looked down on the event schedule, eager to see how the evening would unfold: a light and refreshing reception followed by musical performances and presentations from distinguished speakers. The night began with a breathtaking speech by Muluba Habanyama courageously sharing her experience living with HIV. One would have thought losing both her parents to HIV related-illness would have torn this 23 year old apart - but no, she picked herself up and put on a brave face. In her words, she was no longer "angry

Turning a mess into a message - World AIDS Day at U of T

This December 1st 2014, I attended my very first U of T World AIDS Day event at the Hart House Great Hall. As I arrived to the event, I received a complimentary AIDS awareness ribbon, and looked down on the event schedule, eager to see how the evening would unfold: a light and refreshing reception followed by musical performances and presentations from distinguished speakers. The night began with a breathtaking speech by Muluba Habanyama courageously sharing her experience living with HIV. One would have thought losing both her parents to HIV related-illness would have torn this 23 year old apart - but no, she picked herself up and put on a brave face. In her words, she was no longer "angry

Getting to Zero: Students and Faculty Educate, Inspire, and Engage for World AIDS Week

From November 23 to December 1st, the University of Toronto campus joined with local, national, and international agencies in one of the world's largest public health campaigns: World AIDS Week. Students from various faculties and programs organized bake sales, myth-busting trivia, and public lectures that engaged the student body in an open and vital conversation about HIV/AIDS, a disease that currently affects over 75,000 Canadians, with nearly one third of new infections occurring among those in their twenties. World AIDS Week takes on a particular significance in our city: 1 in 120 Torontonians are currently living with the virus that causes AIDS, and the GTA accounts for two-thirds of H

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