Philadelphia FIGHT Presents HIV Prevention and Education Summit
On Tuesday, June 11, Philadelphia FIGHT will present The HIV Prevention and Education Summit from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The HIV Prevention and Education Summit is FIGHT’s signature event of AIDS Education Month. The intent is to provide attendees with the latest information on research, evidence-based HIV prevention, outreach strategies, best practices in targeting and connecting the most at-risk groups in Philadelphia to care, and to bring people together to find strategies to combat the virus.
Featured workshops include: Prevention Access: Unpacking U=U: The Message and The Movement; The Philadelphia Story: The People Moving towards an HIV Cure Film Debut; Speaking Down Barriers: Go Beyond Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Training. Topics include U=U, Youth, HIV Cure Research, PrEP, Faith, Mental Health and HIV, Homelessness and Housing, Hepatitis C and HIV, HIV and Substance Use, Narcan Training, HIV and Aging, and more.
The Keynote speaker will be Naina Khanna, the executive director of the Positive Women’s Network. A national speaker, trainer, and advocate, Khanna has worked in the HIV field since 2005, following her HIV diagnosis in 2002, speaking at conferences and other gatherings, training other speakers, and advocating primarily for women with HIV. She serves on the Board of Directors for AIDS United and the National Steering Committee for the US People Living with HIV Caucus; as a member of the Women’s HIV Research Initiative, she served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from 2010 – 2014. Prior to working in HIV advocacy, Khanna co-founded and served as National Field Director for the “League of Pissed Off Voters,” a progressive national organization working to encourage participation in electoral politics of young people and communities of color in electoral politics. In addition to all of that, this busy woman is currently pursuing a PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
AIDS Education Month (AEM) is a series of free events throughout Philadelphia to increase AIDS awareness and to bring people together to find strategies to combat the virus. Through its participation in AEM, since 1994, FIGHT has directly impacted the lives of over 10,000 individuals living with HIV in Philadelphia.
Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To register for events or for more information, visit www.aidseducationmonth.org or call 215.985.4448 x 200. All AIDS Education Month events, including this seminar, are free.
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. For more information and/or to register for the seminar, contact Chip Alfred, Director of Development & Communications for FIGHT, at [email protected] The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located at 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.