Compass, the LGBT Community Center of the Palm Beaches, will recognize HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day with a presentation and dinner. It begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5. The event is free and open to the public. It is requested that all guests register in advance (the link is below.)
June 5 is a day to spotlight the present day needs and issues of those living longest with HIV and AIDS. The 2018 theme for HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day is HIV It Is (Still) Not Over because health departments, HIV services organizations and the community are focused on “ending AIDS” and “getting to zero.” While those goals are lofty, they also leave those living longest with HIV feeling isolated and left behind.
“People with HIV are living a lot longer than before,” says Alejandro Rodriguez, Linkage Coordinator at Compass Community Center. “Subsequently, there are unique issues faced by these long-term survivors.”
Merck is sponsoring the speaker for the Compass event, HIV Advocate Joey Wynn. Wynn made his career in HIV advocacy, education, and public policy working in a variety of public health settings for both HIV Patient Care and Prevention over the course of his 25 years in Florida. He was involved in the startup of the Ryan White Outpatient HIV Program at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida in 1993. His specialty is PowerPoint presentations, data analysis, and presenting with humor & passion!
Wynn currently oversees the Gilead funded PrEP program for Empower “U”, Inc. working closely with the agency’s Mpowerment program and the Translluminati program as well as the outreach counseling and testing team, in conjunction with the routine testing grant also funded through Gilead Sciences.