Every year on this day — and throughout the month of March — local, state, federal, and national organizations come together to shed light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls and show support for those at risk of and living with HIV. This year marks the 14th annual observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD).
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.
Save The Date: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Community Fair – March 7, 2015
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. Health professionals will be also on site to answer any questions regarding the disease and to provide free and confidential HIV tests. There will also be good music, food, and healthy activities, including storytelling by individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Philadelphia FIGHT, Caring People Alliance, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia will jointly celebrate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with a community health fair on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1 – 3 p.m. at R.W. Brown Community Center, 1707 N 8th Street.
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.
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.