and foremost, it’s important to be informed about the extent of the
epidemic and efforts to treat it. YAW maintains its own statistics
page, but reliable information is easily accessible on the Web as well.
Among others, the Physicians for Human Rights’ website (http://www.phrusa.org/students/hiv.html
provides a list of important facts to know, as well as ideas on student
In addition to joining us at Yale AIDS Watch, of course, there are
several productive ways for students to get involved in the fight.
Writing letters, drafting petitions, or making phone calls that urge
your Senators and Representatives to increase U.S. international AIDS
funding has proven effective, and templates are even available online (http://www.phrusa.org/students/campus_action.html#3
Using the resources and connections provided by groups like YAW,
students can also organize awareness-raising events on campus,
including flyer distributions, guest speakers, or letter-writing
campaigns. Finally, significant numbers of international organizations
welcome student members, among them our own affiliates.