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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., Bloomington). 

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

Contact: Jessica Block ‘09, (309) 556-3181