Underneath the long sleeves of the blue and black striped shirt Greg Satorie wore as he stood in front of a full Charles Carroll Room in Stamp Student Union, there was a biohazard symbol tattooed on his shoulder.
Satorie, an HIV prevention educator, shared his story and information regarding HIV and AIDS at “Living with AIDS,” an event hosted by Alpha Theta Gamma Multicultural Sorority, Inc. last night in honor of World AIDS Day, which was Sunday.
In Washington, about one person in 30 is infected — 10 times higher than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Census Bureau.
After years of watching people in his support group die, Satorie decided he wanted to start educational speaking. He got involved with Jewish Community Services’ Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach Program, which was founded in memory of a university alumnus who died of AIDS.
“No one came to my school to talk like this,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’m a grown-up man and I can make my own decisions.’ I experimented some with alcohol and I did have sex and became infected. I didn’t know I had been infected.”