World AIDS Day 2015
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
At USSA we also want to use this day to promote safe sex and our free condom service to minimise the risk of students contracting and spreading sexual transmitted infections. We will have a foyer stall promoting our free condom service and information about AIDS & HIV with the help of the Sports Union & LGBT+ Society as part of our Healthy Body Healthy Mind Campaign.
We will be showing two films which show the focus on the struggles people, especially the LGBT+ community, have had in achieving action on AIDS in the past. The films will be shown for free but if you would like make a donation or buy a red World AIDS Day ribbon all donations will go to National Aids Trust.
Both films will be shown in The Debates Chamber on level 6.
12.30pm The Normal Heart
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons & Julia Roberts this film tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. Winning a Golden Globe this film is about the fear, disbelief and heartbreaking ignorance that existed when HIV-AIDS began to spread. (Please be aware that this film contains sex and nudity. Homophobic words are used during this film. There also are some emotionally intense and upsetting scenes.)
3.30pm Dallas Buyers Club
Awarded 3 Oscars Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner & Jared Leto, tells the story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies. (Please be aware that this film contains sex, nudity, prostitution and drug use. Homophobic and racist words are used during this film.)