(Chester, Pa., December 1, 2015) – Sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt – the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 94,000 individuals lost to AIDS – will be on view from today, December 1 through Friday December 4 in the University Center Atrium at Widener University to honor World AIDS Day on December 1.

In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS. By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The AIDS Memorial Quilt helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well-being and that of their family, friends and community.


The student group SAGA at Widener is also offering programming on the topic of AIDS and handing out contraceptives with information on safe sex practices.


The display is free and open to the public.


WHEN:          Monday, Nov. 30 – Friday, Dec. 4, 2015


WHERE:       Widener University, University Center Atrium (14th Street, Chester, Pa.)


WHY:             To illustrate the ongoing impact of the AIDS pandemic in our country and community and to promote awareness, compassion, healing, prevention education, and to encourage support and funding for organizations assisting people living with AIDS.