FIGHT Conducting Pivotal PrEP Study

DISCOVER

DISCOVER is a new clinical study for men who have sex with men and trans women who have sex with men. This study is to evaluate if a once-daily investigational medicine can help reduce the risk of getting HIV infection from sex (“PrEP”, or Pre-exposure Prophylaxis).

To Be Eligible:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be HIV negative

If you are accepted into the DISCOVER Study, you will receive study-related exams, lab tests, and study medicine at no cost.

For more information, please contact: Linden Lalley-Charezcko at 215-525-8695

Or go to www.clinicaltrials.gov and search NCT number 02842086.

PrEP Discover Study
PrEP Discover Flyer

C a DIFFERENCE at FIGHT!

C a Difference Team

Introducing the C a Difference team led by Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH, FIGHT’s Director of Viral Hepatitis Programs. The program focuses on visualizing a future free of hepatitis C. It’s a multidisciplinary approach to care, delivered by a team of passionate advocates who built this program from scratch. C a Difference develops and implements best practices through testing and linkage to care services, and providing advocacy around access to cure.

Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH, FIGHT’s Director of Viral Hepatitis Programs
Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH, FIGHT’s Director
of Viral Hepatitis Programs

FIGHT’s Barbara Bungy Receives Healthcare Innovator Award

Congratulations to Barbara Bungy, FIGHT COO

On January 26th, our Chief Operating Officer Barbara Bungy received the Healthcare Innovator Award from the Social Innovations Journal. Barbara was one of three finalists for the award and received the most public votes.

Thanks to everyone who voted!

FIGHT COO Barbara Bungy Receives Healthcare Innovator Award
FIGHT COO Barbara Bungy Receives Healthcare Innovator Award

AIDS Education Month 2017 Kickoff

AIDS Education Month 2017 is coming in June.

On Wednesday January 25th, FIGHT hosted the kick-off for AIDS Education Month 2017. Over 300 planning partners and community members came together for a great breakfast and inspiring presentations from FIGHT staff members and our AIDS Education Month Co-chair, Reggie Shuford from ACLU-PA and FIGHT Board Secretary Lovada Washington.

We also announced our AEM 2017 theme, Recommitting to the FIGHT! In this uncertain time in the healthcare field, we draw strength by looking to those who laid their careers, their freedom, and their lives on the line in the fight for effective HIV treatments in those early years of the AIDS epidemic, before our medical system and our country knew how to combat the virus and its impacts.

2017 AIDS Education Month Kickoff at the Philadelphia Convention Center
Philadelphia Convention Center, 2017 AIDS Education Month

 

Eighth Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast

Presented by Philadelphia FIGHT

PHILADELPHIA – The Faith Leaders’ Network of Philadelphia FIGHT will present the Eighth Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 237 S. Broad St, Philadelphia.

People of faith and faith-based organizations have been at the forefront of the response to HIV and AIDS since the early 1980s, by engaging in practical health care, social and emotional support, pastoral care and advocacy with and for those living with the virus, to eliminate stigma and discrimination and to promote access to treatment for all those living with HIV.

Each year on World AIDS Day (December 1st), Philadelphia’s faith community comes together at the Prayer Breakfast to offer hope and healing for those who are living with HIV/AIDS. At the event, over 250 people will remember those who have passed and those who are still with us and also recommit to standing with our sisters and brothers in faith, in activism, in reducing stigma, and in enduring love.

The keynote speaker is Rev. Jay B. Broadnax, Pastor of Mt. Pisgah AME Church. Rev. Broadnax currently serves as President of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Inc.

The event will also include prayers by Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson of the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Rev. Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard of the Palmer Theological Seminary. The Philadelphia FIGHT Gospel Choir directed by David Winslow and the VOICES of Philadelphia FIGHT Inspirational choir directed by Ruth Naomi Floyd will offer prayer and inspiration in song.

Philadelphia FIGHT provides state of the art, culturally competent primary medical care, consumer education, advocacy, social services, outreach to adults and youth living with HIV and to those who are at high risk, and access to the most advanced clinical research. Each year FIGHT reaches over 8,000 people through its social services and education programs and treats over 2,000 people with HIV at the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center. FIGHT’s goal is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of those currently living with HIV.

To RSVP, contact Eddie Davis at edavis@fight.org or 215.985.4448 ext. 435 or Calenthia Dowdy at cdowdy@fight.org or 215.985.4448 ext. 253., or visit www.fight.org.

An Open and Inviting Neighborhood

Washington Square West, now referred to as the “Gayborhood,” has been a nexus for the LGBT community for 30 years or more. FIGHT has been proud to have been located there since 1996. We are, and we serve, an exceptionally diverse group of people. We welcome all as our guests. We want our patients, clients and employees—all of them—to be welcomed and comfortable in our neighborhood.

Philadelphia FIGHT strongly condemns the racist behavior by some business establishments recently identified as happening in our neighborhood. Dress codes, excessive ID checks, and other actions that disproportionately limit access to members of certain racial groups are wrong and do not reflect who we are as a community. Everyone, including LGBT people of color should be able to patronize our Gayborhood Business establishments and do so without harassment. We hope that the community in which we are located, and many of whose members we serve, will be able to come together in the spirit of respectful and open dialogue to address these issues, with the clear goal of an end to discriminatory and racist practices.

We urge every establishment to reflect the openness that led to Wash West becoming the Gayborhood in the first place. Everyone that visits, works, lives and plays in the Gayborhood must be equally welcomed and treated with respect.

Highlights from our 22nd Annual AEM

AIDS Education Month 2016 was a huge success!

Rachel Levine speaking at End of AIDS
Rachel Levine speaking at End of AIDS. Photo © Holly E Clark

FIGHT’s education-packed AIDS Education Month featured 9 major events, including our 3 signature summits:

  • Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit,
  • the Faith Leaders and Community Summit, and
  • End AIDS: The HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit.

All together, the summits offered roughly 100 workshops and reached about 2,500 people!

Pennsylvania’s Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, served as AEM 2016’s Honorary Chairperson. Dr. Levine was joined by co-chairs, Rebecca Alvarez and Reverend Jay Broadnax. Alvarez is a local, LCSW private practitioner and Broadnax serves as the 1st Episcopal District Chairman of Christian Education in The AME Church.

Faith Summit 2016
Faith Leaders and Community Summit. Photo © Holly E Clark

We were able to educate and test over 1000 youth about HIV/AIDS during our Hip Hop for Philly programming, which culminated in a concert starring local sensation PnB Rock and “America’s Got Talent” breakout group Good Girl. Our youth audience members were wowed by each performance, making this the best received Hip-Hop for Philly concert yet!

JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise rocked a packed audience at this year’s Gospel Concert. The audience was inspiring and energizing, spending more time on their feet than in their seats! A few lucky audience members won tickets to meet JJ backstage and grab a few photos with the singer!

Keep your eyes peeled this winter for information about AEM 2017!

Prison Health Care & Reentry Summit
Prison Health Care & Reentry Summit. Photo © Holly E Clark.

FIGHT to be Part of Major HIV Cure Research

For Immediate Release: July 13, 2016
PHILADELPHIA—Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers is proud to announce it will be part of one of the world’s largest research projects to find a cure for HIV. The research grant, announced today by The National Institutes of Health (NIH), is in part possible due to the twenty-year partnership between Philadelphia FIGHT and the Wistar Institute.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a nearly $23 million Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research grant to the BEAT-HIV Delaney Collaboratory to Cure HIV, a consortium of top HIV researchers and community partners led by co-principal investigators Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., D.Phil., director of the HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory at The Wistar Institute Vaccine Center, and James L. Riley, Ph.D., research associate professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia FIGHT Executive Director Jane Shull remarked, “We are very excited that after over twenty years of partnership with the Wistar Institute and Dr. Luis Montaner that we are able to take this very significant step.”

“A key factor to date has been that Philadelphia FIGHT was present from the beginning in our path towards working on an HIV cure,” said Montaner. “FIGHT has been critical in bringing a strong community voice to our research at a critical time when communication is paramount if we are to recruit and advance HIV cure studies here in Philadelphia.”

The Philadelphia-based BEAT-HIV Delaney Collaboratory to Cure HIV project is one of six grants awarded by the Delaney initiative, joining a highly-selective group of U.S.-led teams charged with advancing the global efforts to develop a cure for HIV. The five-year award promotes a preeminent partnership of more than 30 leading HIV investigators from The Wistar Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia FIGHT, Rockefeller University, VA San Diego Healthcare System, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Utah.  The grants unite a “dream team” to test novel combined immunotherapies.

“Together we’re building on our teams’ extensive established efforts to move forward and make those next transformative steps that will bring us closer to an HIV cure, ” said Montaner.
Philadelphia FIGHT Medical Director Karam C. Mounzer MD has been a senior member of the investigator study team responsible for planning and performing all previous, ongoing and newly proposed trials.  “Our community is eager to lead the effort to get to a cure within our lifetime,” said Mounzer.

With 37 million people now living with HIV worldwide and 17 million receiving antiretroviral therapy, the Martin Delaney Collaboratories for HIV Cure Research initiative reflects the interest in HIV cure research that has grown into a global priority over the last five years and follows President Obama’s call for increased HIV cure research.

“It is because of FIGHT that we are confident we can move the cure agenda in Philadelphia,” said Montaner.

Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive AIDS service organization providing state of the art, culturally competent HIV primary medical care, consumer education, advocacy, social services, outreach to adults and youth living with HIV and to those who are at high risk, and access to the most advanced clinical research. Each year FIGHT reaches over 8,000 individuals with social services and education programs and treats over 2,000 people with HIV at the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center regardless of their ability to pay. FIGHT’s goal is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of those currently living with HIV. www.fight.org

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer, immunology, infectious diseases and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the United States, Wistar has held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute since 1972. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. wistar.org.

To view the full press release from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), visit http://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2016/Pages/Delaney-awards.aspx.

Contact

Chip Alfred
Director of Development & Communications
215-525-8628 office
889-806-8964 mobile
calfred@fight.org

Evon Burton
Marketing & Outreach Supervisor
215-525-3054
eburton@fight.org

Philly4Pulse Dance for Orlando

$106,752 Raised at Philly4Pulse Dance for Orlando Community Event!

As part of Philly4Pulse, a Gayborhood bar and community fundraiser, Philadelphia FIGHT joined forces with other local HIV and LGBTQ service agencies to host an event called Dance for Orlando. It marked the first time that these agencies have come together to hold a joint community event!

philly4pulse in Orlando
The #Philly4Pulse Community & Youth Event held a benefit for the victims and their families of the June 12, 2016 shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub.

Philly4Pulse dance for Orlando

We Are Orlando

Pulse - We Are Orlando

Philadelphia FIGHT stands with the LGBTQ community and the world in mourning the deaths of 49 wonderful people who should have had their whole lives ahead of them, in a senseless act of violence in Pulse nightclub in Orlando. This act of hate and terror reminds us that as much progress as the activism of the LGBTQ community has made in combating hate, bias, and discrimination, and in standing up for love, we still have work to do. We are also reminded that our failure as a society to ban weapons of death has contributed to the slaughter of the Pulse nightclub victims as well as many others. We commit ourselves to continued activism to ensure that these crimes become a thing of the past.

Rest in power friends.

We will not forget you.