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HIV National Testing Day

Test Your Way, Do It Today! June 27th is National HIV Testing Day!

Each year on June 27, the CDC observes National HIV Testing Day. On this day, partners, health departments, and other organizations unite to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV. Help encourage HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day and every day to ensure people get tested for HIV,…

PrEP Yourself, Prevention For Your Life!

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is for people who are sexually active and at a very high risk for HIV, and so they are able to take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected. PrEP can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout your body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV…

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Nothing Tastes As Good As Healthy Feels!

Having HIV does not have to stop you from living a healthy and fulfilling life. With the right treatment and care, there’s a lot you can do to take care of yourself and feel fitter, healthier and happier. Next to taking your medicines daily, eating healthy is an important part of stay healthy while living with HIV.  A…

ALS Awareness Month

Hold On to Hope: May is ALS Awareness Month

Annually, May observes ALS disease. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis disease, sometimes referred as Lou Gehrig’s disease is a devastating progressive neurodegenerative disease which eventually will destroy a person’s ability to walk, speak, eat and breathe. As ALS is a progressive disease, more motor neurons are destroyed overtime worsening the symptoms, with breathing and swallowing being later…

Sleep Awareness Month

Sleep Your Way to a Healthier Life! May is Better Sleep Month!

Who said more sleep isn’t good for you? Because the Better Sleep Council can prove that it is! Refreshing sleep is a major contributor to staying healthy. Better Sleep Month, which is recognized yearly in May, is supported by the Better Sleep Council (BSC), which aims to raise awareness about the benefits of better sleep…

Hepatits Awareness Month

Get to Know Hepatitis, The World’s Hidden Epidemic

Every year, the month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and annually May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, the Center for Disease Control and its public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to…

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This May Let’s Cure the Stigma During Mental Health Awareness Month!

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, annually that reality is recognized by highlighting Mental Health Awareness. Additionally, during this month, Children’s Mental Health Day raises awareness about the youth annually on May 10th. This year the National Alliance on Mental Health is using their platform to…

April is STI Awareness Month

Treat Me Right: STD Awareness Month 2018

Annually, April brings awareness to STDs. This STD Awareness Month, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other partners are reaching out to healthcare providers and patients alike with this very important message: Treat Me Right. What does that mean? For providers, this involves many aspects of patient care – from fostering a trusting patient-provider relationship…

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Embrace Your Voice! April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. This year, SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to help individuals, communities and the private sector understand how they can take…

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Health Fact Friday: March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. “Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely…

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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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who joins Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology from Union College, his medical school training at Albany Medical College, his residency training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and his Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center