From staff reports
Clarion University and the Northwest Pennsylvania Rural AIDS Alliance will mark World AIDS Day by displaying a panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in the Gemmell rotunda.
Emily Crofoot, supervisor of high-impact prevention for the alliance, a division of Clarion University, will be on hand to talk about the quilt and provide information about HIV and AIDS.
According to the National AIDS Memorial website, 32 years ago during the height of the AIDS epidemic, a group of strangers gathered at a San Francisco storefront to remember the names and lives of their loved ones they feared history would forget. That led to the creation of the quilt’s first panels.
“Education on the disease, prevention methods and the importance of getting tested is the current message the prevention team is sharing,” Crofoot said. “We use the quilt at different organizations, schools and community events to answer questions and provide facts about HIV/AIDS. It is no longer a death sentence; with medication, those infected with HIV/AIDS are living long, healthy lives.”
The alliance, which serves people living with HIV and those co-infected with HIV and the hepatitis C virus, works in unison with communities of northwest Pennsylvania. Services include medical case management, specialty clinics/care, patient care services and high-impact prevention.