Events being held in the Lehigh Valley and Reading area recognizing World AIDS Day 2018
"Raise a Glass in Remembrance" hosted by Co-County Wellness Services, Reading, Pennsylvania. Join us for wine and light reception at Inn at Centre Park, 730 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA, on Monday, December 4, 2018, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Featured speaker is Debra L. Powell, M.D., Medical Director of Infection Prevention, Tower Health Medical Group. Please RSVP by November 23, 2018, by calling 610-375-6523. Event is limited to the first 100 responses.
A free conference "HIV in 2018 Remaining Resilient" is being held on December 7, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lehigh University, Iacocca Hall (Mountaintop Campus), 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Topics: HIV Update, HIV and Criminalization, Youth and HIV, Trauma Informed Care, LGBQT Care, Opioids, Sex Trafficking. To attend this free conference, you must register on line at MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center's website.
Movie Night! Grace Episcopal Church, 108 N. 5th Street, Allentown, PA, will be presenting "Alternate Endings, Activists Rising," Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow the movie. Doors open at 6 p.m. "Alternate Endings, Activists Rising" is the 29th iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With (out) Art project. Highlighting the impact of art in contemporary AIDS activism and advocacy, the program features new short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective and VOCAL NY. The program reflects persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic: HIV criminalization, Big Pharma, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, "Alternate Endings, Activists Rising" foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines. For more information, call Grace Episcopal Church at 610-435-0782.
March 18-21 is the 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
The National HIV Prevention Conference is the preeminent HIV prevention conference in the United States involving state, local, and tribal health departments, community based organizations, federal agencies, researchers, clinicians, people living with HIV and others sharing the latest advancements, strategies, and accomplishments in HIV prevention. The theme for NHPC 2019 is Getting to No New HIV Infections, which will highlight dynamic approaches to HIV prevention, detection and management, and the critical roles that different communities have in achieving this vision. To find out more, visit CDC.gov.
December 1 is World AIDS Day
First recognized in 1988, World AIDS Day falls on December 1 each year. World AIDS Day is dedicated to spreading awareness of the HIV and AIDS pandemic and to mourning those who have died of the disease. 77.3 million people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic in 1981, making it one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. As of 2017, an estimated 35.4 million people worldwide have died of AIDS since 1981.
In 2017, 1.8 million became newly infected with HIV making an estimated 36.9 million living worldwide with HIV. Of those living with HIV, three out of four knew their status. Among people who knew their status, four out of five were accessing treatment. Among people accessing treatment, four out of five were virally suppressed. Despite recent improvements in treatment, an estimated 940,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses worldwide in 2017. More Statistics