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ISU Anderson Center/Project WISE to host National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; event includes film screening, discussion

Posted February 23, 2010

The Idaho State University Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center and project WISE (Women's Issues and Sexual Empowerment) invites the public to join them when they talk about youth and HIV/AIDS prevention on March 12.

The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Salmon River Suite of the Student Union Building on ISU's campus. This free event is open to parents, teachers, counselors, health care providers, students and anyone interested in learning more about talking to youth about self-esteem, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and sexual decision-making.  This training is funded through a grant from the Office of Women's Health and the John Snow Foundation.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker, educator, and PBS consultant Paula Mozen, who hails from Bozeman Mont., will be on hand to conduct a guided viewing of her documentary "3 Girls I Know." The film chronicles three girls and their experiences with teenage life: peer pressure, parents, relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS.  More information about the film can be found online at:

There is no cost for admission, and light refreshments will be served.  Free handouts and information will also be available.  Join the ISU Anderson Center and Paula Mozen to increase the number of teachers, women, girls, and parents becoming actively involved in awareness, prevention, and understanding the risks associated with contracting HIV/AIDS. 

For more information about the training, or to reserve a free campus parking pass and attend the event, contact Heidi Harold at 282-2805 or

Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.  More and more women have become infected with HIV since it was first reported in the early 1980s.  Today, about one in four Americans who are living with the disease are women. 

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Families, health organizations, businesses, communities, and individuals come together to offer support, encourage discussion and educate women and girls about practicing safer sex methods and the importance of discussing both the issue and the decision.

The Anderson Center at Idaho State University serves as the focal point on campus for the consideration of gender issues.  In our efforts, we are especially guided by the ideal of diversity which allows us to envision a future free of the limitations imposed by our culture's standard definitions of gender and other categories of difference.

If you would like more information about this event or the Anderson Center, or to set up an interview with Anderson Center staff, contact Heidi Harold at 282-2805 or