On Wednesday December 5th, Karma Chavez starts her first day as a permanent host on A Public Affair with a World AIDS Day special. Her first guest was Tiona M., a film maker who is coming to the University of Wisconsin at 5 PM on the evening of December 5th. She will be showing her film about HIV/AIDS in the black community called Bumming Cigarettes at the LGBT Campus center. During the second half of the show, Karma spoke with Professor Shawnika J. Hull who is an expert on HIV/AIDS in the black community and is working on an extensive project in Milwaukee.
According to the World AIDS Day website, “World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.”
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