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K-State Today

October 9, 2013



LGVMA presents Don Carrel, author of 'My Dream to Trample AIDS,' today

By Caren Chellgren

The Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association, or LGVMA, of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University invites students, faculty and community members to Don Carrel's presentation on HIV and AIDS. It will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in 301 Trotter Hall.

Carrel has been living with AIDS since 1995. He suspects he was infected with HIV in 1981. Thirty years later, less than 2 percent of people with HIV worldwide have lived long enough to share their stories.

While lying in a hospital bed with pneumocystic pneumonia — the most common cause of death for someone with AIDS — Carrel had a riveting dream that would dramatically change his life and possibly the lives of more than 150,000 teenagers. After making a full recovery, Carrel set out to teach young people what they needed to know about HIV prevention so that they wouldn't wind up in his shoes.

His lofty goal: to stomp out AIDS. Sixteen years later, Carrel has thousands of thank-you letters from teens who have heard his compelling school presentations. Today, he hopes to reach an even wider audience with his book, "My Dream to Trample AIDS." He will be selling his book at the presentation for a discounted price.

Questions or comments, please email Caren Chellgren, the president of the LGVMA, at caren08@vet.k-state.edu