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LEWISBURG, W. Va (WVVA)-- The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine hosted a lecture and film screening to observe National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on Wednesday.

The event featured a lecture by Dr. William Short, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Short has broad experience in caring for women with HIV.

The film that followed Short's presentation is a PBS Frontline documentary called "The Age of AIDS".

Students developed the idea for the event and secured grants to get it off the ground.

The purpose-- to educate attendees about the dangers of the virus, and how preventing it is especially important for women.

"1 in 5 of the new cases diagnosed is in females," said Bob Foster, D.O., an Associate Dean.

"Almost all of the infant [cases] of HIV and AIDS comes from the mother," he added. "They are affecting not only their own lives, but those of their children.

Foster said anyone who feels at risk for HIV should go to a local health clinic, practicing physician, or health department for testing. 

It's important, he said, to know about the disease to protect yourself as well as your family and sexual partners.

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