Thirty in, thirty out: World AIDS Week at Columbia
Today’s story by Lauren Chadwick highlights Columbia’s observance of World AIDS Week, celebrating the theme of “thirty in, thirty out.” This year commemorates the thirty-year anniversary of the first recognized AIDS case in the United States. More than thirty million victims in the past thirty years have suffered from the disease.
However, recent research (HPTN 052) conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network, shows that current AIDS treatment effectively reduces the transmission of the disease between partners by 96 percent. This beacon of hope suggests that a cure is within reach and, as emphasized by the World AIDS Week group, can be obtained within the next thirty years. Several student groups have collaborated this week to spread awareness and raise money to benefit research and prevention campaigns.
Different events each day all lead up to the Benefit Event, taking place Thursday evening from 8-10 p.m. in Roone Arledge Auditorium. Additionally, The Public Art Project, a collaboration between CU Global AIDS Campaign, GlobeMed, and CU Dance Marathon, is a weeklong event taking place on Low steps. Individuals are asked to contribute toward the completion of a mosaic by purchasing three tiles. Each group of tiles represents the three base pairs in a codon of DNA and can be purchased for only $1. The completed mosaic will symbolize all 9713 base pairs in the HIV genome and will be displayed at the Benefit Event.
All proceeds from the project go directly to charity. Make sure to check it out the completed mosaic this Thursday! And check below the jump for a picture of the mosaic in the making:
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