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A Labor of Love: AIDS Awareness Week at Glen Cove HS

Peer AIDS, an organization of nearly 50 Glen Cove High School students, sponsored two assemblies for the school community through fundraising efforts to help empower the students to make informed choices by educating them about HIV/AIDS. The Peer AIDS counselors are certified after having been trained on their own time at North Shore LIJ Hospital in Manhasset, during two eight-hour Saturday training sessions.

Peer AIDS advisor Tom Lacalamita stated, “Glen Cove High School is one of 15 schools on Long Island who have dedicated students to go to the hospital to be trained.”

Julie, who was diagnosed with HIV just a week after she was married, and who is also a community health advocate with North Shore LIJ Hospital, spoke to the students and provided them with a unique perspective of living with HIV and its devastating health consequences.

“If this can happen to me, this can happen to any one of you guys,” said Julie. She reinforced the message that young people must educate and protect themselves.

Following the assemblies, Julie stayed to answer any questions that the students had, on a confidential basis.