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Central aids in the fight against AIDS

Lisa Cummins, Staff Reporter - November 28, 2012

In observance of World AIDS Day, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, the Wellness Center, and the Center for Diversity and Social Justice are hosting the film “We Were Here,” in the SURC Theater today at 4 p.m. The film will be shown to raise awareness and to educate the public on the impact of HIV/AIDS in our community and worldwide.

“We Were Here” is a historical documentary which focuses on the experiences of the gay community in San Francisco and worldwide. It depicts issues which arose in the community due to AIDS and provides a greater understanding of how people reacted to the virus. The film also provides ways to cope with the epidemic, as it explains what could and still can be done to help people get through the emotional trials AIDS causes.

This is the first documentary to publicize the impact of AIDS in San Francisco. Five individuals who lived in San Francisco prior to the outbreak are the main focus of the movie. These individuals share their stories and emphasize the importance of this topic and debate. Their lives changed in many ways, and their city, known as a very popular place to express sexual freedom, had become a city crawling with sexually transmitted diseases.

Community activists and health care providers also provide input on the negative effects of the disease.

This film centers on the idea that everyone needs to come together in order for things to be accomplished.

After the showing, Dr. Kimberly McBride, faculty in the Department of Physical Education, School and Public Health, will be leading a discussion.

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