Frat Raises HIV/AIDS Awareness at the University of Northern Colorado

By Monique Becker

“During a blood transfusion, one of our founding fathers, Alberto Rivera, contracted the HIV virus, and in June 1989, he passed away from the battle of AIDS,” said Christopher Swazo, Lambda Sigma Upsilon president.

With help from beforeplay.org, the University of Northern Colorado chapter of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity honored Rivera by hosting a presentation on HIV/AIDS awareness last Monday.

Swazo began by explaining why the fraternity was hosting the presentation and involving itself in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Kori Wilford, a presenter from beforeplay.org, informed attendants of the different ways HIV/AIDS could be spread and prevented from spreading.

Beforeplay.org is an informational website that was created to help Coloradoans navigate their sexual health and family planning.

HIV/AIDS is typically transmitted three different ways: through sex, bodily fluids (breast milk, semen, vaginal fluids, blood, etc.) and childbirth. Wilford said anal sex is the most common way to transmit HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS attacks T-Cells and uses them to replicate the virus. Once a person has less than 200 T-Cells, they are considered to have AIDS. It is possible for more T-Cells to be made, but there is no cure for HIV/AIDS.

Some medications cause the virus to become dormant. In these instances, it is possible that someone could choose not to identify as someone with the virus.

The Northern Colorado AIDS Project is a good source for the testing of HIV/AIDS, Wilford said. The project is an organization focused on meeting the needs of people who have been affected by HIV and promoting prevention, care and advocacy.

The Northern Colorado AIDS Project has offices in Greeley and Fort Collins. The Greeley office is located at 2017 9th St., and their phone number is (970)-353-1177. For more information on the Northern Colorado AIDS project visit www.ncaids.org.

“There are a ton of sites for younger teenagers on sex, but we wanted to create one that was helpful for older teens and adults so that they had information at their disposal as well,” Wilford said.

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