Every Summer, FIGHT hosts student interns from the Bridging the Gaps (BTG) program for six weeks. These interns work on a variety of projects including designing and implementing a client satisfaction survey and working on our annual FIGHT Stories project. This year, FIGHT’s Hepatitis C team and Development and Communications team hosted BTG interns. Two of FIGHT’s 2017 BTG interns were entered into a photo competition, taking first and second places for their schools. Congrats to all of our hard-working BTG interns!
It is with heartbreaking sadness that we announce that Jules Buchanan, one of Philadelphia FIGHT’s Project TEACH instructors, has passed away. Jules was a ray of sunshine to so many of the staff and participants at FIGHT. He was a truly beloved team member in Project TEACH, working collaboratively and creatively with us to provide the best possible program to our participants. He was exceptionally good at teaching and communicating complicated treatment information to the class members. He was someone who always provided a listening ear to our participants and was able to break up tense moments by making everyone laugh. Everyone felt that he was their biggest cheerleader on their pathway to whatever goals they may have had. He helped create and teach the first Youth TEACH classes, started a very popular sewing group at FIGHT, co-facilitated TEACH Alumni groups, and our annual Cookout. He was a mentor to dozens of our participants. But mostly, he was the person in the room who brought smiles to everyone face. He had so much to offer the world and he was just getting started. He was and is simply irreplaceable. Jules was joy. We will forever miss his smile, his laugh, his warmth, his incredible sense of style, his authenticity, and his wisdom.
Rest in Style, Jules. With Love, Your FIGHT Family
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Stacey Trooskin and the entire C A Difference program for successfully lobbying the Pennsylvania Department of Health to change the state’s Medicaid policy to expand coverage of life-saving drugs to treat Hepatitis C (HCV) virus! THIS IS MAJOR NEWS!
It is with great sadness that we announce that Paul Yabor, an AIDS Activist and member of the FIGHT Community passed away today. Paul was known across the Philadelphia region as a tireless champion of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, and was involved in many related causes. He was a long-time member of ACT UP Philadelphia, and had become a member of the Pennsylvania State HIV Prevention Planning Board. He gave much of his energy to the work of Prevention Point Philadelphia, in addition to volunteering with Philly AIDS Thrift, the FIGHT Community Advisory Board, and countless other organizations. He was an early member of the Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land, which led to the successful development of the Philadelphia Land Bank. His most recent activist goals were fighting for opiate overdose prevention methods, and for the establishment of safer consumption sites for active drug users. Paul was a formidable activist and his voice will surely be missed.
Celebrate the start of AEM with the Opening Reception and Award Ceremony! Join us for hors d’oeuvres and great conversation as we present the annual Kiyoshi Kuromiya Award for Prevention, Treatment and Justice to Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Roy Hayes, longtime Philly AIDS Activist.
June 2017 is the 23rd year that Philadelphia FIGHT hosted AIDS Education Month (AEM), a series of events throughout Philadelphia to increase AIDS awareness and to bring people together to find strategies to combat the virus. Over 10,000 individuals are directly reached by AEM every June.
The theme for this year’s AIDS Education Month is “One Community, Recommitting to the FIGHT.” In 2017, we are entering a time of uncertainty within the healthcare field, and we are seeing backlash against the gains in human and civil rights that activists have pushed for through decades of bravery and hard work. However, we refuse to accept any less than equal healthcare for all people. 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. We are inspired by activists’ quests to use knowledge as a tool for self-empowerment, and their dogged pursuit of treatment, prevention, and justice.
C a Difference is a comprehensive hepatitis C (HCV) testing and linkage-to-care program at FIGHT. C a Difference provides care for those diagnosed with chronic HCV as well as HCV education and counseling to providers, patients, and those at risk for HCV infection.
Philadelphia FIGHT Celebrates National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with Community Fair
PHILADELPHIA –Philadelphia FIGHT will acknowledge National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with a community health fair on Saturday, March 11th from 12 – 4 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance to recognize the impact of HIV on women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control, women make up 20% of the new HIV infections in the United States. An estimated 88% of women who are living with HIV are diagnosed, but only 32% have the virus under control.
The event will provide women, girls, and families resources that will help prevent the spread of HIV. There will be a community fair of various health and community-based organizations. Noted community activist Feminista Jones will be speaking. Health professionals will be also on site to answer any questions and to provide free and confidential HIV tests. There will also be good music provided by DJ Paper Chase, food, and activities for children. Throughout the day, there will giveaways of exciting prizes including Beats by Dre headphones, Amazon Fire TV sticks, and tablets.
Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk. FIGHT’s goal is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of those currently living with HIV.
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
PrEP is one pill swallowed once a day that can prevent HIV infection by more than 95%. Philadelphia FIGHT is committed to providing access to PrEP to all individuals, regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay. Give us a call today at (215) 545-PREP (7737)!
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.
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.
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.
This NOVEMBER 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.