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World AIDS Day: Prince Harry shares a secret and President Obama has a message

The story of World AIDS Day is a complex one as there are so many different stories from around the globe to tell in the 33 years that has passed since the first confirmed case of AIDS.

World AIDS Day was first held in 1988 in an attempt to try to shine light on some of those stories, and the day has been observed each year since on Dec. 1 to commemorate the lives that have been lost and re-focus on the work that still needs to be done.

UC San Diego's AIDS Research Institute seeks community support

SAN DIEGO -- As part of the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute (ARI)'s "$20 for 20 Years" fundraising drive, three lucky donors will have the opportunity to win great prizes.

Anyone who donates at least $20 to ARI between March 1-17 will be entered to win a Saturday brunch for two at popular Hillcrest restaurant Baja Betty's. Three brunch packages will be given away.

Delta Lambda Phi social fraternity begins rush activities tonight

SAN DIEGO -- The Alpha Delta Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi (DLP) begins its spring semester rush activities this evening.

DLP is a social fraternity for gay, bisexual, transgender and progressive men founded over 20 years ago at San Diego State University. The chapter is now open to students at all colleges and universities in San Diego County.

The theme for the Spring 2014 rush is "Be Different." The list of events is below. All events begin at 7 pm unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Meet and Greet at Tea n More

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World AIDS Day 2013 focuses on "zero" | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO -- This year’s global World AIDS Day theme for 2013, “Getting to Zero,” is part of the UNAIDS strategy to reach a world with zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worlds AIDS Day will has been observed each year on Dec. 1 since 1988.

UCSD LGBT alumni invited to homecoming brunch

SAN DIEGO -- The UC San Diego (UCSD) LGBT Resource Center invites alumni to a special brunch on Saturday, Oct. 19 during the university's Homecoming Weekend.

The brunch brings together members of the UCSD "family" who have been involved with LGBT issues on campus, including former principal members of the school's LGBTQ student organizations, as well as recent graduates who attended the annual Rainbow Graduation. The LGBT Resource Center also hopes to reach alumni who were active with campus LGBT issues that it has lost contact with and invites them to participate in the brunch.

HIV University offers 3 more sessions this year

SAN DIEGO -- Three more HIV University classes have been scheduled for the remainder of the year. The classes provide HIV education to newly diagnosed clients, clients who are returning to care, partners, family and friends of HIV-positive individuals.

Presented by the UCSD AIDS Research institute in a collaboration with several other organizations, the free classes will be held on Sept. 19, Oct. 23, and Nov. 9.

Details about upcoming sessions are below.

Thursday, Sept. 19: HIV 101 (ENGLISH)
6-8 pm at Being Alive
4070 Centre St., San Diego, CA 92103

UCSD is now smoke-free

SAN DIEGO - Those at UC San Diego who wish to smoke now have to go off-campus as a smoke- and tobacco-free policy went into effect in all campus areas, effective Sunday.

The policy was instituted in advance of the University of California policy requiring all schools in the UC system to be smoke-free by Jan. 1, 2014.

Community honors founder of region's largest HIV/AIDS clinic

SAN DIEGO -- The UC San Diego Health System on Friday will honor one of its health care heroes, Chris Mathews, MD, MSPH, founding director of the Owen Clinic.

Since 1982, the Owen Clinic has provided comprehensive, dedicated and high-quality outpatient, primary, and specialty care for patients with HIV and AIDS. Under Mathews’ leadership, the Owen Clinic has become an international role model for providing of state-of-the-art, quality HIV care, fostering patient empowerment and encouraging them to actively participate in their care.

Voice of San Diego: Gifts of public land wooed discoverers to San Diego

(This article originally appeared on Voice of San Diego HERE.)

The seeds of San Diego’s innovation economy sprouted with big gifts from the public.

San Diegans in the decades following World War II voted again and again to deed giant parcels of city-controlled land near Torrey Pines to woo science and research institutions to the city. They gave:

UCSD's Non-Sexist Dance to celebrate spring

SAN DIEGO -- The next "Non-Sexist Dance" to be held at University of California San Diego (UCSD) will be a "Spring Fling" on Saturday, May 11 starting at 9 pm.

UCSD's LGBTQI Association has held these dances for more than 20 years and generations of San Diego college students and others have flocked to the La Jolla campus to socialize and dance in a friendly, open, hate-free atmosphere.

The event will include dancing, dinner for those with VIP wristbands, spring decorations, gender neutral restrooms, $2 water, a surprise give-a-way and music by UCSD's own DVC.