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Florida State medical students to hold candlelight vigil for HIV/AIDS awareness

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MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT: Julie Jordan, FSU College of Medicine
(850) 645-9699; julie.jordan@med.fsu.edu

Nov. 29, 2016

FLORIDA STATE MEDICAL STUDENTS TO HOLD
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR HIV/AIDS AWARENESS


Florida State University College of Medicine students will host the 2nd Annual HIV and AIDS Awareness Candlelight Vigil on Friday.

The event will include educational booths, student performances and remarks from Ajegbu Okeke, pharmacist of the Bond Community Health Center. Free HIV and syphilis testing will be offered from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The candlelight vigil will take place:

FRIDAY, DEC. 2
6 P.M.
FSU COLLEGE OF MEDICINE ATRIUM
1115 W. CALL ST.
TALLAHASSEE, FLA.


The human immunodeficiency virus causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infections. More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, although 1 in 8 don’t know they have the virus.

About 40,000 people were diagnosed with HIV in the United States in 2015.

Eric Walker, FSU Class of 2019 vice president and community service chair for the College of Medicine’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association, will help lead the event for the second time. It will bring together a variety of student and community organizations:

• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
• Bond Community Health Center
• Christian Medical Association (CMA)
• FAMU Future Public Health Professionals
• FSUCares
• Gays, Lesbians and Allies Advancing Medicine (GLAAM)
• Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
• Minority Alliance Advocating Community Awareness and Action (MAACA)
• Multicultural Association of Pre-Med Students (MAPS)
• Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Directions: From downtown, travel west on Tennessee Street and turn left on Stadium Drive. Parking is available in the parking garage at Stadium Drive and Spirit Way.

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