Every February, the prevention team at Mazzoni Center observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with educational programming, outreach activities and HIV testing at events and in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. February 7 has passed but, for people living with HIV, every day brings awareness to the virus and the stigma that still exist.
 
Another day we celebrated in February is Valentine’s Day. For those who are single it can be a day to dread. This holiday can even be harder for those living with HIV, as love, romance and relationships may Read more...
Mazzoni Center LGBT HIV AIDS Philadelphia

I’ll be honest: I have very ambivalent feelings about “awareness days.” 

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  As an African American who has been working in the HIV prevention field for more than a decade, I’m well aware of this occasion and its significance.

On the one hand, I can absolutely appreciate the importance of marking a specific day each year to recognize the disproportionate impact that HIV is having on African-Americans in the United States, and Read more...

#A1PHA program Mazzoni Center HIV/AIDS

    A few months ago, a member of our #A1PHA community at Mazzoni Center came in for assistance in writing his resume. In teaching him the skills to write a great resume, we had a conversation about his past as well as his goals. He shared the story of how he left his family at a young age because they weren’t accepting of his sexual orientation. In order to support himself, he was forced to drop out of high school so that he can take on a few part time “under the table Read more...

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