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Joel Goldman and T.J. Sullivan will present their program “Friendship in the Age of AIDS” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts. They will also speak at a Brown Bag luncheon at noon the same day at the Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. Lunch will be available for purchase at noon.

As a student at Indiana University, Goldman, now 35, became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “Friendship in the Age of AIDS” often resembles a comedy concert. With blunt language and mature themes, the presentation centers on Goldman’s experience as a fraternity member and the risks he took mixing unprotected sex and alcohol. He and Sullivan, 30, a college fraternity friend, blend humor and real-life college scenarios, challenging stereotypes about AIDS and teaching students how to reduce their own and their friends’ risk of HIV infection.

Traveling full-time to campuses nationwide, they have spoken to more than half a million students since 1993.

“This is probably not the first AIDS-awareness presentation for most students, but it’s the one that will stick with them,” Sullivan said. “The students don’t expect to laugh at an AIDS program, and it doesn’t take them long to realize we’re not your typical AIDS educators. I think that’s why they listen and learn something from us.”

For information, call Cindy Adams, Lafayette’s health education coordinator, (610) 330-5007.

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