To open the event, Carol Dipaolo
son as "inspirational and motivated."She
stressed the continuing importance of his
cause."I want to let you know that AIDS is still a problem like it was 19 years ago in that there is no cure," Carol Dipaolo
said.In 1996 Dipaolo, who contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received in 1984, founded the Joey Dipaolo AIDS Foundation.
The Foundation enables teenagers with HIV/AIDS to attend a residential summer camp program, located in Port Jervis, N.Y., called Camp TLC--Teens Living a Challenge.
Members of Helping Others Live Life against AIDS read testimonials written by HIV-positive individuals.HOLLA^2, a subgroup of the Foundation, is a task force dedicated to educating those infected with and affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The stories ranged from individuals who were unknowingly infected with the virus to others who were born with it.
emphasized the continuing importance of AIDS awareness and research, calling her
HIV-positive son "inspirational."Monica Betancourt/CDS
A panel of seven individuals including doctors, counselors, and AIDS/HIV patients fielded questions from students in the audience.Students asked provocative questions having to do with the political, social, and medical implications of the AIDS virus.
raised similar concerns, emphasizing his
belief that the media often improperly portrays the AIDS issue or fails to give it the coverage it deserves.
"The media makes it like AIDS isn't a problem anymore," Dipaolo
In closing, the panel encouraged students to become involved with the fight against AIDS.
"We need to have young people take up the torch and carry it forward," Carol Dipaolo
said, adding that "it should be World AIDS Day every day."
Students who attended the forum seemed generally satisfied.