Author: Evon Burton

FIGHT Releases Statement on Recent Tragedies

We at FIGHT, like you, are horrified and disturbed by the painful events happening around our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with the many people deeply affected by the tragic incidents of this past week and the many incidents that have gone before. As Dr. King stated, let’s try our hardest to let love to drive out hate. Black lives do matter. Let us resolve to collectively seek out and ask for policy changes that make that statement a reality for everyone.

Recently two FIGHT staff members, Tiffany Hall and Akia Feggans, wrote an article for Newsworks. Their message is, don’t be afraid to seek appropriate care during these very troubling and confusing times. Have conversations, step away from media and social media if needed, and allow yourself the space to grieve. Check out their other tips via the link below.

http://www.newsworks.org/…/95084-dont-be-afraid-to-seek-men…

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Let’s Talk About PrEP, Baby!

Are you interested in taking PrEP, a pill that’s 100% effective in preventing HIV if taken daily? If so, schedule an appointment with Philadelphia FIGHT!

If you’re under the age of 30, call the Y-HEP Health Center at (215) 564-6388.

If you’re over the age of 30, call the John Bell Health Center at (267) 725-0252.

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FIGHT’s Dental Services Now Open

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Philadelphia FIGHT is now offering dental services!

Initially, we are offering oral health examinations, digital x-rays, dental cleanings, gum treatments, fillings, and dentures. We currently provide referrals for root canals, crown and bridge work, and oral surgery.

Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm.

Please call our office at (215) 525-3046 or visit Dental Services for more information!

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FIGHT’s 25th Anniversary Gala A Success!

Thank you to our sponsors, guests and staff who made FIGHT’s 25th Anniversary Gala our largest and most successful fundraising event yet. Over 400 people in attendance celebrated over cocktails, listened to an impassioned speech by our Lifetime Achievement Awardee Olympian and LGBT and AIDS Activist Greg Louganis, and danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Craig Dash. We’re proud to announce that we have raised over $125,000. The proceeds will support FIGHT’s HIV primary medical care at the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center and primary care for youth and adults at very high risk of acquiring HIV at the Y-HEP (Youth Health Empowerment Project) and John Bell Health Centers.

For photos from our event, check out our write-up on Philadelphia Magazine’s website and visit our Facebook page.

Philadelphia Fight, December 3, 2015, Loews Hotel Philadelphia, Credit: Holly Clark Photography
Philadelphia Fight, December 3, 2015, Loews Hotel Philadelphia, Credit: Holly Clark Photography
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The 7th Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast

There was record attendance at our Seventh Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast! Over 250 people convened at the Doubletree Hotel to remember those who have passed and those who are still with us. We recommitted to standing with our sisters and brothers in faith, in activism, in reducing stigma, and in enduring love. Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., Senior Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, PA, was this year’s featured keynote speaker.

The World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast was covered on NBC10, FOX29, and 6ABC.

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Rep. Brian Sims To Host Town Hall Meeting on PrEP

Interested in learning about PrEP, a pill that is almost 100% effective in preventing HIV if taken daily? Join us for an interactive discussion on PrEP at the William Way LGBT Community Center on Thursday, October 29th from 6 – 8 p.m. The event will be hosted by State Representative Brian Sims and will include a presentation from Dr. Helen Koenig, the Medical Director of FIGHT’s PrEP Program, and Caitlin Conyngham, FIGHT’s Director of PrEP Programs. To RSVP, e-mail Mike Marsico at mmarsico@fight.org.

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Thank You to Our 2015 AIDS Walk Team!

Thank you, Team Philadelphia FIGHT for helping us kick off our 25th Anniversary Celebration at this year’s AIDS Walk Philly. It was cold; it was early; but we did it! We raised over $13,000 which will go directly toward creating more services for people living with HIV and those at high risk. Thanks for your support!

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Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring fellows, residents and students.

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center

FIGHT Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center - Dr. Mario Cruz
February 2018 – Philadelphia FIGHT will be opening a new Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center dedicated to providing high quality, comprehensive, primary care to address the physical, emotional and sexual health needs of inner-city children and youth from birth through age 24.