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YALE AIDS WATCH
P.O. Box 207236
Yale Station
New Haven, CT
06520
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FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning YAW and AIDS

Q. I don’t know very much about AIDS right now. Can I still join?

A. Absolutely! Many people involved with Yale AIDS Watch learned much of what they know about AIDS from working with the group. And this year, we are offering a series of meetings designed to give everyone a “crash course” on AIDS. You’ll learn about the virology of how the disease actually works, about the spread of the epidemic worldwide, its history, and about important political issues that affect AIDS right now. Feel free to come to as many sessions as you want.



Q. AIDS seems like such an overwhelming problem – what can a small group like Yale AIDS Watch actually do?

A. First, YAW believes that the most important step a college organization against AIDS can take is to increase awareness as much as it can. Our goal is to make information about AIDS easily available to people who otherwise might not be able to learn about what’s going on – people first just need to know the true size of the problem. Also, so many people have become involved with YAW that we are expanding rapidly and will soon be working not only with other universities around the country, but also with groups in countries like Zambia and South Africa.



Q. I’ve found that a lot of activism is just people sitting around talking. It’s great that Yale AIDS Watch does such a good job of making people aware of the problem, but what do you actually do to solve it?

A. YAW was founded exactly because we felt that many AIDS activism groups, while extremely important for spreading the message, weren’t taking real action against the disease. YAW is different. If you want to be involved directly, we’ll help you volunteer with other Yale students at a local hospice for AIDS patients. If you’re interested in politics, you should work with us on our letter-writing campaigns to members of the government who can make a difference. One of our focuses is going to be on reducing the extremely high prevalence of AIDS in America’s prisons. We’re also going to be launching fundraising campaigns on behalf of groups that we work with in Africa, helping AIDS patients there to secure housing so that they don’t remain homeless. And if there’s something else that you want to do, just tell us! YAW will support you in every way that we can so that your project really happens.



Q. It sounds like YAW does so many things! I’m taking 41 classes, I play two varsity sports and the cello and I run my own lampshade company; do I have time to join?

A. Yes! Meetings are just once a week, and though we’d love you to come to them all, definitely feel free to make as many as you can. We’ll send out emails about once a week too, so if you miss a meeting, you’ll still know what’s going on. Then, when a project comes up that really excites you, just join right in.