Student Groups Unite to Promote STD Awareness, Global Health
April 13, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In recognition of the month of April as National STD Awareness
and Education Month, Illinois Wesleyan student groups the Black Student Union (BSU)
and FACEAIDS will co-sponsor a Masquerade Ball on Friday, April 17. The free event
will be held from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St.,
Students, who are asked to wear formal attire to the event, may pick up masks to
decorate and wear to the ball on Tuesday, April 14 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Davidson
Room of the Memorial Center (104 University St., Bloomington).
“The masks symbolize that sexually active individuals may never know whether they
or their partners might have an STD until they are tested,” said sophomore Eddie Johnson
III, BSU president.
The purpose of the ball is to “increase awareness about the risks STDs and their
prevention among IWU students,” said Johnson, a sociology major and economics minor.
Information about STDs and their prevention, particularly on college campuses and
in the African American community, will be available at the ball.
In honor of STD awareness month, FACEAIDS sponsored a quiz about AIDS for students
to take. The answers are posted in an AIDS awareness display on the wall outside
of the Davidson Room. Additionally, FACEAIDS will co-host a Global Health Gala on April 19 with Titan EMS and Global Medical Brigades.
For additional information about the Masquerade Ball, contact Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181