Walk, forum raise awareness of AIDS risk at Lincoln

By Bryana Byrd

The Lincolnian

Zeta Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta raised awareness of AIDS and HIV through the “AIDS Walk for Awareness” at The Lincoln University Wellness Center on Monday.

The event opened with a half-mile walk on the indoor track.

“I enjoyed how we learned about small facts as we walked around the track,” said junior Sa’Dia Chance. “The students holding the signs wanted you to really read and understand the information that was being displayed.”

“Starting the program off with a walk was the perfect way to break and unify everyone who participated,” said junior Sakura Dobbs. “My most memorable moment was taking the group picture at the end and everybody screamed ‘Awareness!’”

After the walk, the Delta’s held a forum about AIDS awareness in the Wellness Center auditorium. The guest speaker was Jill Johnson, an HIV prevention educator and medical case manager at Family Services of Chester County.

“She’s a very informative speaker,” said Zeta Omega member Asia Black. “She also told us facts that pertained to the Lincoln community and HIV facts we would have never known.”

“I was surprised when she said Lincoln has the highest cases of chlamydia in Chester County and that we as African American women need to be more conscious about having safe sex,” Chance said. “This was a very powerful event for the women of Lincoln University, but more men should have attended.”

“Ms. Johnson stressed the fact that it is important to know this information and to know your status,” Black said.

Delta Sigma Theta will host the Crimson & Creme Factory “Christmas Edition” bake sale 7-9 p.m. Friday Dec. 6 in the Student Union Building.

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