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WyoAIDS Walk, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS in Wyoming, will host education and awareness activities April 14-19 at the University of Wyoming.
A keynote education address will be held Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m., in the Wyoming Union West Ballroom. Ed Cardoza, the director of Development Partner in Health, will speak at the event.
Free Rapid HIV Testing will be offered Monday, April 14, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Laramie Reproductive Health, 413 S. 21st St. Results are given in 20 minutes, appointments aren't necessary and testing will be available all week. Call (307) 745-5364 for more information.
A Brown Bag Lunch featuring Sarah Clayton of the Wyoming AIDS Stigma Project and Rob Johnston, manager of the Wyoming HIV Prevention Program, will be held Tuesday, April 15, at noon, in the Wyoming Union Family Room.
A panel discussion, "Global HIV/AIDS Perspective," will be held Wednesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., in the Wyoming Union Senate Chambers. Panelists are Jessica Bryski, professional lecturer in the Women's Studies program, Anne Bowen, professor in the psychology department, and Johanna Bond, assistant professor in the College of Law.
Friday, April 18, at 9 p.m. in the Wyoming Union, Friday Night Fever will host an evening of assembling safe sex kits, infant quilts and other items for "Partners in Health."
The main event, the 5-K pledge walk, will begin with registration at the Wyoming Union Saturday, April 19, at 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. with a barbecue following the walk at 12:15 p.m. in Prexy's Pasture.
That evening, the Drag Queen Bingo fundraiser will be held at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 1555 Snowy Range Road, doors open at 6 p.m.
The week will conclude with a brunch at the Cavalryman Restaurant Sunday, April 20, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. all proceeds benefit the WyoAIDS Walk 2008.
In it seventh year, WyoAIDS Walk is the only statewide awareness and fundraising event for people in Wyoming living with HIV/AIDS. The organization has raised nearly $80,000 and has helped at least 200 people and their families across the state.
Sponsors for the events include the Albany County AIDS Project, the Wyoming Department of Health HIV Prevention Program, the Wyoming Department of Education Health & Safety Unit, The Planet 96.7/Rock 98.7 KRQU, FACE AIDS, the Student Nursing Organization, Dave and Jennifer O'Malley, the Wyoming Union, the Interfraternity Council, Spectrum, and WWAMI Medical Education Program.
For a detailed schedule of the events or to download a pledge form, go to the Web site at www.wyoaidswalk.org.