UW Health World AIDS Day Event Set for December 1

Madison, Wisconsin - In honor of World AIDS Day, the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care program will host a free community event on Tuesday, December 1 at The Urban League, 2222 S. Park Street, from 5 to 8 p.m.


The event, which is open to the public, will provide free food and drinks, door prizes, a screening of the film, We Make The Change, and a panel discussion. The film highlights a range of Americans who are living with HIV. After the film, local health care providers and community members will discuss the impact of HIV in our community.


This marks the 30th anniversary of the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program. It has been providing care for people with HIV/AIDS since 1985. Since then HIV treatment options have been developed that work effectively at controlling HIV.


“The key is getting and staying in medical care and taking the medications. UW Health’s HIV/AIDS Program receives funding to ensure that everyone can access care, regardless of their income or insurance status,” said Julie Yendrek, program coordinator.  As the largest provider of HIV clinical care in south-central Wisconsin, UW Health’s program has sponsored a World AIDS Day event the past 12 years.


More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV/AIDS and UW Health wants to continue the community discussion on the prevention, detection and treatment of HIV and AIDS.


“World AIDS Day is a chance for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support and commemorate those who have died,” said Dr. James Sosman, the medical director of UW Health’s HIV/AIDS program. “We want to provide an event that can educate all of us and discuss the stigmas associated with HIV and AIDS, which have led to so much harm.”


In 2014, 226 new cases of HIV infection were diagnosed in Wisconsin. On a national level, youth age 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 26 percent of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2010.


The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988. For more information call (608) 261-1781.

Date Published: 11/23/2015

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