SAINT CLOUD -- Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has affected over 1,000,000 people in the United States since the early 1980's.

A traveling exhibit called "Surviving & Thriving, AIDS, Politics and Culture", attempts to keep a light shining on this issue that still affects thousands of Americans each year.

(Richard Leguil, WJON)

While it took two years, Saint Cloud State University set up the exhibit in the Miller Resource and Learning Center Monday.

Professor Cindy Gruwell says AIDS has changed over time.

"It's to keep it out there, AIDS is still an issue, and has changed over time, which this depicts."

Gruwell adds, the victims of AIDS now represent a large swath of society.

"The victims of AIDS now are very different than what they used to be. It's not just in the LGBT community, it now goes into a lot of immigration and heterosexuals and different people."

The Centers for Disease Control says 39,513 Americans were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2015.

The exhibit took SCSU two years to bring to the area. It opened Monday, and runs until April 22nd.

They will have several events attached to the exhibit, from discussions on safe sex, speakers and presenters about the disease, and group tours.

(Richard Leguil, WJON)