World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day – December 1, 2020

In 1988, the very first World AIDS Day was observed on December 1st. It is a day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against the AIDS epidemic, to show support for those living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have lost their battles to an AIDS-related illness. Action Wellness has proudly recognized World AIDS Day since its inception, and has used December 1st as a day to remember those lost to HIV, reach out to those who need our services, and shed more light on the continuing struggles of those living with HIV.

32 years later, those living with HIV are facing a new threat: the COVID-19 pandemic. Those served by Action Wellness are at a greater risk of serious illness and complications from COVID-19. An estimated 30,000 people are living with HIV in the Greater Philadelphia Region according to Philadelphia’s Department of Health, and Philadelphians are being infected at a rate five times the national average. Now more than ever, we need the support of Action Heroes like YOU! Will you answer the call?

We’re inviting you to join us for our annual World AIDS Day awareness campaign, Action Heroes Wear Red!  Starting today until November 23rd, you can help us to shine a spotlight on the ongoing struggle of living with HIV by taking part in our Action Heroes Wear Red campaign.

It’s easy to be an Action Hero and make a difference! Just put on your favorite red clothing item, create a caption or download a sign that explains why you are taking action, and say cheese! 📷 Be the star of your own photo or share the spotlight with your BFFs, family, colleagues, school group or furry friends! Then, send us your photo using this form. You can also email your photo to trissel@actionwellness.org

Your photo will then be featured on the World AIDS Day section of our website and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on December 1, 2020!

As in previous years, Action Wellness was privileged to continue its longstanding partnership with Philadelphia Gay News to produce a special World AIDS Day news supplement. You can read the 2019 issue HERE.

Find Our 2020 World AIDS Day Health Resources Below

CDC COVID-19 Prevention Tips

Most people living with HIV aren’t at a higher risk for COVID-19 than those who are HIV-negative. The exception are those with very low CD4 cell counts, who may be more likely to develop a severe illness if they become infected with this coronavirus. Click “Learn More” to read COVID-19 prevention tips from the CDC.

HIV Among Youth in the US

One in four people diagnosed with HIV each year is 13 to 24 years old. It’s vital that adolescents be provided with education on safe sex practices, such as condom use and the importance of HIV testing and where to obtain it. Click “Learn More” to read about the risk factors, and how to keep yourself safe.

Testing Statistics from HIV.GOV

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in seven Americans with HIV don’t know they have it. It’s important to get tested regularly! Free, anonymous services are available from many providers, including Action Wellness. Click “Learn More” to read more info about testing and prevention.

Long-acting shot helps women avoid HIV infection better than daily pills

Breaking research shows that an injection of a new experimental HIV prevention medicine every two months worked better than daily pills (such as Truvada) to help keep women from catching HIV from an infected sex partner. “This is a major, major advance,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease doctor at the NIH. “I don’t think we can overemphasize the importance of this study. It promises HIV prevention help to young women, “those who need it the most,” he said. Click “Learn More” to read the full article.

Adherence to HIV Medications

It’s extremely important that people living with HIV have a reliable supply of their antiretroviral medications during this pandemic. They may want to consider switching to a mail-order pharmacy for their prescriptions to minimize contact with others. The Department of Health & Human Services also recommends delaying any treatment regimen changes until after the pandemic, if possible. Action Wellness can assist in maintaining access to medical treatment. Click “Learn More” to read about how we can help.

HIV Prevention Info from the NIH

Scientists predict that one day, a vaccine for HIV may be available. Until then, there are many ways to protect yourself from contracting the virus or passing it along to others. Taking a medicine called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) before sex, using condoms, and never sharing needles are all great practices for safety. Click “Learn More” to read prevention information from the NIH.

Action Heroes Wear Red Staff Contest Winners!

Check out the winners for the 2019 Action Heroes Wear Red Staff Photo Contest. The 2020 winners will be posted soon!

Best Pet Photo: Shark & Nibbler Alexander 

Most Creative Photo: Tasheera, Christine, Rachel, Samantha, & Patricia

Most Original Caption: Syreeta, Shahida, Shakira, Tatiana, Sarah, & Myrna

Most People In a Photo: Raenita, Mary Ellen, Emily, Julia, Claire, Shakeera, Brandon, Sophavy, Lisa Lee, Kayla, Delia, Madeleine, Mega, Sara & Brittany

 

Featured Press

  • Action Wellness‘ 98.1 WOGL Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall–November 25, 2018

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