Students at UC San Diego honored World AIDS Day by documenting local residents afflicted with AIDS.
A quilt was made to commemorate those who lost their lives to the disease, while a photo display celebrated 30 San Diegans who are long-term survivors of HIV.
“You can really see a living face of the disease for our community,” said UCSD spokesperson Sean Travers.
The theme of World Aids Day at UCSD was educating the public to ensure no new cases of AIDS develop.
“We want to educate folks so they can reduce their risk of being infected with HIV,” Travers said. “We don’t want AIDS to be a death sentence.”
Travers said another goal was to eliminate discrimination against people who are HIV positive.
“HIV and AIDS affects everyone, and the most powerful thing we can do is get tested and talk about it,” Travers said.
Earlier this year, the UCSD School of Medicine launched the world’s first test and treat model of prevention through its “Lead the Way” campaign.
The organization set up mobile testing sites throughout two target areas in San Diego and encouraged prevention methods, saying people should be tested at least once in their lifetime.