World AIDS Day Successes

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Volume 1 / Entry 28
December 6, 2012

Hello friends,

It’s been quite a while since I’ve added to this blog because we’ve been quite busy at the agency. Most recently, we commemorated the 27th annual World AIDS Day on Saturday, December 1. In addition to the events ASF held on the actual day, our Health Education and Prevention staff participated in events the entire week prior to World AIDS Day.

Following are some highlights of the work we did:

  • On Wednesday, November 28, ASF social services case manager Miguel Rodriguez and nurse case manager Stefanie Kochen participated in a University of California Irvine (UCI) panel discussion for students entitled “Zero to Hero” highlighting ways students can become heroes in the battle to get to zero new infections.
  • Eighty-five rapid, HIV tests were conducted at California State University Fullerton on Wednesday, November 28, and Thursday, November 29.
  • At UCI, 60 rapid, HIV tests were conducted on Thursday, November 29.
  • Also on Thursday, November 29, at Golden West College, 61 rapid, HIV tests were conducted.
  • At ASF offices on Saturday, December 1, 17 rapid, HIV tests were conducted.
  • Including regular testing hours at ASF, nearly 250 HIV tests were administered.

The Microsoft store at South Coast Plaza hosted ASF’s World AIDS Day commemoration on Saturday, December 1. About 60 people participated in the 2 hour event. Speakers included Philip Yaeger, ASF executive director; Shelly Virkstis, ASF board president; Ariel Vapor, ASF client and board member; and Pearl Jemison-Smith, longtime AIDS activist and one of the founders of AIDS Walk Orange County. On products around the store, Microsoft used as screen savers images of posters created by students. Poster submissions were requested from over 180 schools in the county and ASF staff and volunteers voted to select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners who best demonstrated the theme of “Getting to Zero” from two age categories. Winners were announced and recognized at the event and prizes from the Microsoft store and the Discovery Science Center were awarded.


Vivianna Foust adds a message to the World AIDS Day 2012 canvas that will hang at ASF until December 1, 2013.

Also speaking at the event was ASF co-founder Ken Jillson and ASF director of individual giving & events Chris Bragg. They were on hand to launch the 2013 AIDS Walk Orange County on Saturday, May 4, at the Disneyland® Resort.

It was a busy week to say the least. At ASF, every day is World AIDS Day but we would like to thank everyone who came out in support of the actual World AIDS Day on Saturday and during the week prior.

Thanks for reading!

Marc Montminy
Director of Communications and Public Relations

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