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Get to Know Your Words: Leukapheresis

Leukapheresis is a laboratory procedure in which white blood cells are separated from a sample of blood. It is a specific type of apheresis, the more general term for separating out one particular component of blood and returning the rest to the body. Interested in learning about HIV Cure research? Register for our upcoming introductory…

HIV Cure

HIV Cure Research

Advances in treatment for HIV has made it possible for people with HIV to live long and healthy lives. We now have more tools and technology than ever to navigate the epidemic through treatment, prevention, and education. Many organizations and researchers are pushing for the development of a functional cure. Connect with FIGHT Research if…

Double Blinded Study

Get to Know Your Words: Double Blinded Study

Research studies can be quite informing but confusing!  Now that you know what a blinded study is, it’s time to learn what a double blinded study is! In a double blinded study, neither the participants nor the experimenters know who is receiving which treatment to ensure that the results are not affected by their hopes,…

May is Mental health Awareness Month

May is Mental health Awareness Month

Mental health is a level of psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and helps determine how we handle stress and make choice. Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, work productively, cope with every day stresses, and make meaningful contribution to their communities. Early signs…

Blinded Study

Get to Know Your Words: Blinded Study

Research studies can be quite informing but confusing!  Ever wonder what a “blinded study” is? It is a study done in such a way that the participants do not know what treatment they are receiving to ensure that the results are not affected by their hopes, expectations, previous knowledge, etc. in order to reduce experimental…

National Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month

National Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month

Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PIDD) are chronic illnesses causes by hereditary or genetic defects in the immune system that make the immune system not function properly. Throughout their lives, people with PIDDs are more susceptible to infections, endure recurrent health problems, and may develop serious long-term illness. Signs and symptoms of a PIDD can include: delayed…

Understanding Anal Health

There tends to be a lack of understanding of anal health care, which can lead to misdiagnoses and stigma. This also usually prevents people from getting the information and care they need to maintain good health.  Anal sex is a common practice amongst Americans, but we must know risks, signs, and symptoms of health issues…

Molluscum Contagiosum

Get to Know Your Words: Molluscum Contagiosum

The anus is one of the most common points of infection, but these pimples can also be found frequently on the inner thighs, groin, genitals, and lower abdomen. People living with HIV may also be at risk for the infection to spread all over the body. Sometimes the infection goes away on its own, but…

Youth HIV Awarenes Day

April 10th is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The day was created to educate the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people and to highlight the work going on across the country to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Find out more about who’s most at risk and the treatment and prevention strategies that are most effective. See more information about FIGHT’s…


HPV and Anal Cancer

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is passed from one person to another during skin-to-skin contact with an infected area of the body. Did you know that HPV can cause more than just cervical cancer? HPV infections can spread to other parts of the body, like the anus. The principal…


Get to Know Your Words: Proctoscopy

Proctoscopy Proctoscopy is a common medical procedure of the rectum used to look for signs of colorectal cancer. An instrument called a proctoscope is used to examine the anal cavity, rectum, or sigmoid colon. Make your bottom a top priority and join us at Philadelphia’s 2nd Annual Anal Health Symposium on April 19th to discuss the best…


Walk this Way

Walking is the simplest yet is the most underrated form of exercise. Walking can be a good workout depending on how long and often you walk, and may be a better choice for some people. It has both physical and mental benefits, such as improvements in blood pressure, reduces risk of heart disease and stroke…

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.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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