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World AIDS Day: December 1, 2017

  • December 1, 2017

December 1 World AIDS Day: Cyril Ubiem, Ph.D

In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, Whittier Street Health center encourages everyone in Boston, Massachusetts to get tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the United States, about 1 in 8 people who have HIV don’t know it. The 2017 theme is “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.”

The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV is to get tested. You could have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15 to 65 needs to get tested at least once. Some people may need to get tested more often.

To find an HIV testing location near you, text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or use this online locator.

HIV is passed from one person to another by:

  • Having unprotected sex with a person who has HIV
  • Sharing needles with someone who has HIV
  • Breastfeeding, pregnancy, or childbirth if the mother has HIV
  • Getting a transfusion of blood that’s infected with HIV (very rare in the United States)

2017 World AIDS Day Event At Whittier Street Health Center

This year, Whittier Street Health Center (WSHC) is following its tradition of celebrating World AIDS Day on Friday, December 1st, 2017 from 10:30AM – 2:30PM in the Community Education Room on the 2nd floor. There are also two events in the evening for the youth and the LGBTQ populations. This event is taking HIV awareness to the community by inviting several community members to the events. Eduardo Nettle (DPH), Office of HIV/AIDS at Massachusetts Department of Public Health is expected to be the key note at the day event. Dr. Laura Kogelman, who is the Director, Infectious Diseases Clinic, and Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine will be our guest speaker. The event will also feature a musical performance by the Paige Academy, live testimonials from people living with HIV, 5-minutes dress making on stage, and finally the release of balloons in memory of those who lost their lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Around the world, about 37 million people are living with HIV. In the United States, about 44,000 people get infected with HIV every year. World AIDS Day is a global initiative to raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education about HIV and AIDS. Come and learn more about HIV, its prevention and treatment.

For more information, visit

Whittier Street Health Center

Department of Infectious Disease & Special Populations

1290 Tremont Street 3rd Floor

Boston, Massachusetts 02120

Phone: (617) 427.1000

Fax: (617) 858.2467

Website: http://www.wshc.org/

 

Additional reading

https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/wad.html

http://www.worldaidsday.org/

https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/world-aids-day