The Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at the University of St. Thomas recognizes that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is one of the most pressing issues of our day. Having already killed 25 million people globally, HIV/AIDS affects the lives of another 33 million people still living, 96% of whom live in the developing world--the majority of whom live with the virus without access to life-saving treatments. Moreover, HIV/AIDS is a disease of young people; half of the 5 million new infections each year occur among people between the ages of 15 and 24, and is leaving in its wake millions of orphans (http://www.unaids.org/en/).
The Office of Service Learning is deeply concerned about the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS and the destabilizing impact the disease is having on governmental, economic, and familial structures in our increasingly interdependent world. OSLCE is committed to educating its students about appropriate preventative measures, as well as effective, compassionate, and sustainable responses to this medical and cultural crisis