World AIDS Day 2012 at McGill University

By Ruby, YAHAnet intern

On December 4th, YAHAnet partnered with McGill’s Shag Shop and the PGSS Health and Wellness Committee for a World AIDS Day event that took place at Thomson House on McGill campus. There was free on-site rapid HIV testing open to the public throughout the day. The Shag Shop was also present passing out free condoms and making sure students knew about the sexual health services that are offered on McGill’s campus.

Below you can see photos from YAHAnet intern Aminata getting her free rapid HIV test.

    

The nurse took a bit of blood, put it in a special solution, and in a few minutes the results appeared on the device: HIV negative.

YAHAnet was at the event running its “Wall of Hands” activity—inviting students to take pictures of their hands, to get the pictures printed out on the spot, and to write personal messages that related to the fight against HIV/AIDS on their photos.

Below you can see YAHAnet intern Aminata on the left, me in the centre, and Shag Shop intern Michael on the right. Students' hand photos are hanging on the clothesline beside us.

There was also a panel discussion in the afternoon, which focused on different methods of HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual health in today’s society. The panel featured a variety of doctors and professionals including YAHAnet Coordinator John who talked about his work with UNAIDS’ CrowdOutAIDS global youth strategy project.

The day concluded with a bingo tournament themed around sexual health, which raised funds for AIDS Community Care Montreal.

Overall, the day was a successful collaboration between YAHAnet, PGSS, and the Shag Shop and included art, HIV testing, sexual health awareness, and fun!