New HIV infection rates in Massachusetts increased in 2016 for the first time in several years. More than 250 residents of Fall River are living with HIV and approximately 8 new residents are diagnosed every year.
To bring attention to the HIV epidemic, celebrate the life of HIV long-term survivors in Fall River and raise awareness about success in HIV treatment, SSTAR and SEVEN HILLS Behavioral Health in partnership with the CITY OF FALL RIVER, CITIZENS FOR CITIZENS, and BRISTOL COMMUNITY COLLEGE will convene a public event to commemorate World AIDS Day 2019 sponsored by Gilead, Viiv, and 84 Lumber. The event highlights advances in HIV treatment, including research that shows when HIV positive individuals who are on treatment and obtain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the virus through sex.
The event includes a flag raising ceremony, an educational presentation with Dr. Karen Tashima, MD of SSTAR Family Health Center, personal stories from local HIV advocates, musical performances, and resources. Dinner will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
WHAT: World AIDS Day Public Awareness Event
WHEN: Monday, December 2, 2019; 5:30-8:30pm
WHERE: One Government Center, Fall River
WHAT: HIV advocates, clinicians, politicians, and supporters gather with the public to raise awareness of HIV treatment