On December 3, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia observed World AIDS Day 2016 with a day-long event to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, dispel the stigma and misconceptions associated with the disease, and encourage people to get tested. Visitors to the Mütter Museum received free admission in exchange for an HIV test (they involve a simple blood sample and test results are known in 60 seconds, a small price to pay for a day at the Museum and certainty over one’s status). It was a large undertaking; fortunately we had on hand a dedicated group of CEPI youth to help out.
Representing the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program, and the Out4STEM Program, our intrepid volunteers were instrumental in logistics, education, and promotion. They directed visitors who came to get tested to make sure the process was as quick and easy as possible. They encouraged people to pose with images of HIV/AIDS-related facts and share them on social media. They also helped educate the public with small health-related lessons, including a lesson on bone pathology using models of human skulls. Overall they helped make for a successful event wherein we tested eighty-five people!
Did you know more than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV? Did you know that 1 in 8 people living with HIV are not aware they have it? December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day devoted to spreading awareness of HIV/AIDS, offering support to the millions living with the disease, and remembering those who have died from it.
On Saturday, December 3, 2016, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia will be commemorating World AIDS Day with a day-long event to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, enumerate the facts and myths related to the disease, and encourage everyone to get tested. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia will be offering 60 second tests to any member of the public 13 years or older (testing is provided by Bebashi) with free admission to the Mütter Museum to whomever gets tested. The event will take place from 10 AM-5 PM.
Last year, 624 Philadelphia residents were diagnosed with HIV, and the majority of people who currently have HIV are not aware they carry the disease.
December 1, 2015, was World AIDS Day, a day devoted to raising HIV/AIDS awareness. The College of Physicians hosted a day-long event to promote treatment and care, make the public aware of the history of the disease, provide remembrance for victims, and to encourage people to get tested. To that end, the College offered free on-site HIV, Hepatitus-C, and STD testing, with free admission to the Mütter Museum for any visitor who took part. Several local related organizations were on hand to promote awareness. The site also displayed sections of the AIDS memorial quilt, memorializing the victims of HIV and AIDS, as well as “1981-Until It’s Over,” a visual timeline of the AIDS epidemic developed by the AIDS Fund.” The event concluded with a performance by poet Gweny Love, accompanied by local teens.