ECU Marks World Aids Day

Wednesday was the 23rd annual "World AIDS Day" and East Carolina University marked the day by educating students about how to protect themselves from HIV and AIDS.

ECU students participated in a walk along with a candlelight vigil.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over one million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and AIDS. One in five people are unaware they are living with the disease according to the CDC.

One woman, Wanda Goff of Greenville, has been living with HIV for more than a decade. She says she was using drugs and having unprotected sex when she contracted HIV. She didn't know she had it until her partner died with HIV and she got tested. Goff says, "In love and wanting to do the things he wanted to do not knowing it was so risky."

Goff used the vigil to remind students how to take precautions to steer clear of the disease she fights everyday by promoting abstinence or condom usage.

Goff says she wishes she would have heeded the advice she now gives. "It's not worth it. You don't want to be taking pills for the rest of your life."

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  • by REM Location: ENC on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    I wonder how much of the anti-aids campaigns pushes for making moral decisions? No sex until marriage (which leaves you with only one partner), speaking out against sodomy, and several other morally right things would not only reduce infections, but it would completely eliminate them. The Bible is right again...
  • by Stephanie Location: Greenville on Dec 2, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    I commend ECU for their great work in increasing awareness and peer support is greatly needed amongst students to help reduce the statistics of HIV especially among our young people. There is so much good in all universities-lets focus on that and pray for the negative aspects to be removed. God bless ECU-proud to be a Pirate Nurse!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 03:23 AM
    One women/one man, use protection, no illegal injections, problem solved.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2010 at 09:10 PM
    WOW and as if ECU is the only school doing this. That is why I am so tired of hearing about ECU.
  • by P.C. Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 1, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    Events and activities like this should be what ECU is known for. It was a very nice event and ECU hosts countless programs like it throughout the year. I hope that the public will remember these types of events when they think of ECU instead of stereotyping students as uncaring and only interested in partying. Awesome job on organizing the event! Glad there was such a great turn out despite the cold weather! Remember to protect yourself and get tested regularly!

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