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Quilt display, candlelight vigil to mark AIDS Awareness Week

STANFORD - A quilt panel display, candlelight march, lectures and dance performance are among the free public programs planned to mark AIDS Awareness Week at Stanford University, March 1-7.

Organized by students in the AIDS Awareness Coalition at Stanford, the week aims to raise awareness about AIDS and HIV disease prevention, peer health education, treatment, activism and volunteer opportunities.

The Stanford quilt panel - which eventually will be sent to the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt - will be sewn in White Plaza Feb. 25 and 26 to commemorate those lost to AIDS.

It will be displayed from noon to 1 p.m. March 1-5 at the AIDS Awareness Week table in White Plaza. Red ribbons, to show compassion and support for people with AIDS and HIV disease, will be available at the table for a $2 donation.

The candlelight march and service in memory of those who have died of AIDS and HIV disease will begin at 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 1 in the Inner Quad, followed by a memorial service starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Inner Quad. At 8 p.m., the vigil will proceed to White Plaza, where Cleve Jones, founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, is scheduled to speak.

Events on Tuesday, March 2, will focus on medical issues surrounding AIDS. During the day, a poster exhibit will be on display at the Medical School. From 7 to 9 p.m., a panel discussion on Women and AIDS , focusing on epidemiology and prevention, will be held in Tresidder Union's Oak West Room.

Speakers will include Dr. Ira Green, associate director of the AIDS Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and Dr. Carol Kemper, associate director of the AIDS Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford and the University of California-San Francisco. Also featured will be two women with AIDS, who will speak about how the disease has affected their lives.

Programs on Wednesday, March 3, will include a noon dance performance by the Women's Performance Collective in White Plaza, a Sexual Health Peer Counselors Outreach program at 5 p.m. in Cowell Student Health Center, and a talk by two women representatives from the ACT-UP activist group from 8 to 10 p.m. in Tresidder's Oak West Room.

On Thursday, March 4, a "die-in" is scheduled at noon in White Plaza to raise awareness about the number of people who have died from AIDS and HIV disease.

AIDS Awareness Week will culminate with a two-day peer health education conference - "Students Working for AIDS/HIV Prevention (SWAP)" - designed for students from Stanford and community colleges in Alameda, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.

Scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the conference is sponsored by the universitywide AIDS Research Program, with matching funds from California College Health 2000. It will be followed by a dance party beginning at 9 p.m. in the Lagunita Courtyard. Tickets will be $10 at the door; proceeds will benefit the ELLIPSE Peninsula AIDS Services in San Mateo County and the ARIS Project in Santa Clara County.

Other fundraising events to benefit ELLIPSE and ARIS include community outreach days in downtown Palo Alto Feb. 17-21 to ask for support and involvement from local businesses, and a contest to guess the number of condoms in a container in White Plaza.

Among the dozens of Stanford students and staff members involved in organizing the week's activities are Phil Hwang, Thane Kreiner, Hsien-Hsien Lei, Chris Levinson, Jill McDonough, Molly Phelps, Carla Sanchez-Palacios, Jeff Shelby, David Thornton, Kimberly Young, and Carol Pertofsky, director of the Health Promotion Program at Cowell.

More information can be obtained by calling the Stanford Health Promotion Program at 723-0821.



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