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(Credit: Molly Daly)

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By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Students, and activists gathered at Institute of Contemporary Art on the Penn campus to mark World AIDS Day. They took part in a ribbon-making event as part of the 23rd annual Day Without Art.

The crowd of about 60 young people sipped coffee and munched on bagels before getting down to the task of creating the iconic red looped HIV/AIDS ribbons, held together by a button reading “Not Over.”

Penn student David Galperin says it’s a message young people need to hear about the HIV/AIDS crisis:

“It’s something that you think happened in the 80s and it’s over, but it’s not, and it’s something that affects communities that we’re all a part of, and have been a part of for a while.”

What is the most important thing people can take away from this event?

“If each person talks to one other person, and starts a conversation and is able to leave and continue that conversation with someone else and create a contagious effect. I think the most important thing is that people are talking about it and getting involved.”

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