ASN - Aids Support Network - San Luis Obispo County
Welcome to ASN
The AIDS Support Network, or ASN, has been serving the San Luis Obispo County Community since 1984, assisting our neighbors, friends and families who are living with HIV disease and AIDS. With the help of dedicated staff and volunteers, ASN works diligently to stabilize clients' health - financially, emotionally and physically, at no cost to the client.
Working toward a healthy community, ASN also offers prevention education opportunities for schools, church groups, service clubs and businesses. For us, ensuring that everyone understands that this is a preventable disease is paramount.
We are thrilled to announce a FREE event on Thursday, May 21st, all about reducing HIV stigma and increasing community knowledge about PrEP!
Mario Espinoza, a comparative ethnic studies major and junior at Cal Poly University, and Leah Campbell, ASN volunteer and junior at Cal Poly, are spearheading this event to raise awareness surrounding HIV stigma and prevention. The entire event happens on Cal Poly's campus.
On Thursday, May 21, the event will begin at 11am with a photo campaign at Cal Poly’s UU Plaza created to normalize and encourage HIV testing using the social media hashtag #KnowYourStatusCP.
The rest of the day’s events all take place in the University Union building located near the large parking garage on Grand Ave.
11am - 1pm: #KnowYourStatusCP Instagram Photo Campaign in UU Plaza!
12:30pm - 4pm: Free HIV Testing in the UU!
Presentations/Panels in UU220:
2pm - 3pm: Presentation and Slideshow of Senior Project by Mario Espinoza
* About his research and findings surrounding HIV stigma in SLO County.
4pm - 5:30pm: HIV Stigma Presentation & Panel
* Designed to help audience confront ongoing HIV stigma. Panelists will include locals living with this stigma.
5:30pm - 6pm: Light Refreshments will be served.
6pm - 7:30pm: PrEP Presentation & Panel
* Designed to inform about what PrEP is, why it’s important, who should use it, and how to get it. Panelists include local physicians and PrEP experts.