World AIDS Day at UK

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On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the students will accept $1 donations for an orphanage in Lesotho, Africa, where a friend of the students is working with HIV-infected children. Donors may take a cross home with them as a sign of hope in the struggle against AIDS.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky is recognizing World AIDS Day, Wednesday, Dec. 1, with several events designed to raise awareness and compassion.

“At the UK Bluegrass Care Clinic, which services a 63-county area of Central and Eastern Kentucky, we continue to see an increase of new HIV-diagnosed patients,” said Dr. Alice Thornton, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, UK College of Medicine, and project director for the BCC. “Over the past two years, in our new patient population, we have seen an increase in heterosexual transmission.”

  • The UK Bluegrass Care Clinic (BCC) offers free, confidential testing for HIV/AIDS as part of its observance of World AIDS Day. Testing is slated from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, and appointments are not necessary. The BCC is located on the second floor of Kentucky Clinic, 740 South Limestone. The BCC has a multidisciplinary team to provide a spectrum of services, including a nurse medical case manager, a psychiatrist, a mental health counselor, an internist, a nutritionist, an HIV clinical pharmacist, a financial counselor, a patient care assistant, and a peer advocate. The BCC welcomes referrals, or new HIV-infected patients, from Eastern and Central Kentucky, regardless of insurance status. For more information, call (859) 323-4792, or visit its Web site at www.mc.uky.edu/Bluegrasscareclinic/.
  • The UK Bluegrass Care Clinic will host a free luncheon for leaders in Central Kentucky's African-American community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. The theme, "Please Respond," will focus on the continuing and growing risks of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community. Reverend Edwin C. Sanders II, the Senior Servant at Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, Tenn., will be the keynote speaker. The Metropolitan Interdenominational Church operates an HIV primary care clinic, faith-based HIV prevention programs, and other direct client services, including mental health and substance abuse counseling and case management services to individuals infected with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. Seating for the luncheon is limited. For information and reservations, contact Jana D. Collins at (859) 323-4792 or janacollins@uky.edu.
  • UK is also reaching out across the state with education and training in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Education Training Center, within the Division of Infectious Diseases, sponsors a toll-free AIDS warmline at 1-866-777-9969.
  • The UK College of Pharmacy's International Pharmaceutical Students Federation encourages the public to attend a candlelight vigil held by the AIDS Volunteers of Lexington at Triangle Park all day Dec 1. For more information, contact Jessica Wittmer at (859) 608-7279 or Veena Venugopalan at (859) 396-5447.
  • In addition, undergraduate and graduate student members of UK’s International Federation of Medical Students Association and the Student Global AIDS Campaign have staked the lawn in front of William T. Young Library with more than 2,500 wooden crosses to commemorate and dignify the deaths of the more than 8,000 people who die each day from AIDS-related illnesses. On Wednesday, Dec. 1, the students will accept $1 donations for an orphanage in Lesotho, Africa, where a friend of the students is working with HIV-infected children. Donors may take a cross home with them as a sign of hope in the struggle against AIDS. For more information, contact Kristin Weeks at (859) 619-6888 or kweeks@uky.edu.

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