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R-MWC Joins National Tour to Raise HIV/AIDS Awareness

Road to Hope Tour to be on campus on April 11

4/5/2005 11:46:27 AM


LYNCHBURG — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least half of all new HIV infections are estimated to be among those under the age of 25.

Members of R-MWC’s Student Global AIDS Campaign are hoping to do something to stop the numbers from rising.

On April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center, R-MWC will become one of just 22 schools across the nation to host a stop on the Road to Hope Tour. The tour, which will travel from Washington, D.C. to California, between April 3 and May 7, is designed to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS.

R-MWC is the only college stop in Virginia.

The tour’s theme, “Does HIV Look Like Me?” targets young adults and communicates the message that HIV does not discriminate, and that HIV status cannot be determined by one’s physical status.

Each stop features a program that includes a panel of speakers from Hopes Voice, a national HIV/AIDS organization committed to promoting the education and prevention of HIV/AIDS to young adults. The organization represents a group of talented and diverse young adults, all living with HIV/AIDS. Students will be able to receive information from corporate and local sponsor booths. The materials distributed will encourage young adults to get tested.

The tour is sponsored in part by the Student Global AIDS Campaign. This national movement, which includes a chapter at R-MWC, has more than 75 chapters at high schools, colleges and universities across the nation.

For more information on the tour, go to

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations