By Lawrence Armitage- Brain, Anne Canavati, Flavio Fiszman, Whitney Hubbell, Tosca Le, Guy Lin, and Nick Wurtz
In today’s world where social media spotlights the world’s problems, one would think that the major problems of the world would be well known by everyone. That is not the case, however, when it comes to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Most people do not even know that the MDGs exist, let alone what they are. Our goal was not only to focus on one of these, reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, but to also increase awareness. In order to do this, we first reviewed literature on HIV/AIDS. With our goal being to increase knowledge about the disease, our action was hosting a documentary viewing which shed more light on HIV/AIDS and its prevalence in the US. Afterwards, we distributed a survey to viewers and collected results. We concluded that although initially people generally did not know much about HIV/AIDS, the documentary was successful in increasing knowledge about HIV/AIDS. With this in mind, this type of action on a larger scale might just influence people into taking action with the UN’s MDGs.