Piper Kerman to Speak at AIDS Education Month Event

Orange is the New Black memoirist Piper Kerman will speak at Philly's first End AIDS Conference. | Shutterstock.com

Orange is the New Black memoirist Piper Kerman will speak at Philly’s first End AIDS 2015 Conference. | Shutterstock.com

Philly HIV/AIDS nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT has released the itinerary for its 21st annual AIDS Education Month (AEM). Taking place throughout June, the schedule includes all kinds of parties, panels and workshops geared toward increasing local awareness, and sharing up-to-date information about how to prevent and treat HIV.

The big news surrounding the monthlong event is the brand new End AIDS 2015 Conference, which effectively combines three AEM events: the HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit, the Prison Health Care and Reentry Summit, and the Faith Leaders and Community Summit. The conference will include 65 workshops and a plethora of speakers—perhaps the most notable of which is Piper Kerman, prison-reform activist and author of the memoir that birthed Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

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Top LGBT HIV/AIDS Resources in Philadelphia

The Attic Youth Center

255 South 16th Street
215-545-4331, atticyouthcenter.org
The Attic creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. It “offers various support and educational groups that promote safer sex messages and practices. The Attic also offers free, confidential, HIV testing and access to safer sex supplies.”

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 600
215-587-9377, aidslawpa.org
Founded in 1988, this nonprofit law firm provides free legal help to those with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the epidemic. AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania provides legal assistance with HIV/AIDS discrimination, health confidentiality, HIV testing protocols, housing, and more, with an emphasis on “breaking the physical and linguistic barriers that often impede access to legal services.”

ActionAIDS

1216 Arch Street, 6th Floor
215-981-0088, actionaids.org
ActionAIDS provides medical case management, HIV testing, prevention education, supportive housing, HIV treatment as prevention, and volunteer services so that no one in the Philadelphia region has to face AIDS alone.

Bebashi-Transition of Hope

1217 Spring Garden Street
215-769-3561, bebashi.org
Bebashi-Transition of Hope works to provide healthcare information, direct services, education, research and technical assistance to reduce and eliminate HIV/AIDS and other health disparities within the urban community of Philadelphia and its vicinity.

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Philanthropy Friday: Philly FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)

Every Friday we spotlight a local LGBT nonprofit in Philadelphia. This week: Y-HEP, a program that seeks to empower young people to understand, care, and make healthy choices as they transition into adulthood.

Y-HEP Director Tiffany Thompson

Y-HEP Director Tiffany Thompson

Who are you? My name is Tiffany Thompson, director of Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP). Y-HEP is a trauma-informed, comprehensive adolescent and young adult program that offers holistic health services, sexual health education, drug and alcohol support, drop-in day services, counseling and therapy, and leadership activities to over 3,000 high-risk/high-promise, low-income, urban youth aged 13 to 24 living in Philadelphia.

When was your organization founded? Y-HEP was founded in 1994 as a citywide pilot program to address the spread of HIV in Philadelphia’s young adult population. In 2001, Y-HEP joined forces with Philadelphia FIGHT, a comprehensive health-services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk. Today Y-HEP has grown from a small street outreach program to a multi-faceted, community-based health and leadership development program for Philadelphia youth.

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New Studies Show PrEP “Extraordinarily Effective” in HIV Prevention

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The Human Rights Campaign is speaking out about early results of two new studies that show using Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is “proving extraordinarily effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV.”

Findings for the studies were released at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle. The first, called The PROUD Study, “assesses the effect the use of PrEP has on the frequency with which men have sex, how often they use condoms, and whether they contract other sexually-transmitted infections.” The other, called the IPERGAY Study “examines whether Truvada is still effective as a preventative when taken “on demand,” which is defined as taking the pill two to 24 hours before sexual intercourse and again after, as opposed to daily.” The results:

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PHOTOS: 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala Starring Out NFLer Wade Davis

Friday—after a heated game of dodgeball with local LGBT youth on Thursday—former NFL pro Wade Davis hit up Philadelphia FIGHT‘s 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala to serve as keynote speaker. Davis, who came out publicly in 2012, is an advocate, writer and public speaker who addresses issues ranging from gender and race to equal rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. He serves as Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization that works to end homophobia in professional sports.

Besides the star power, the gala was rife with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a live jazz ensemble, and a silent auction, with proceeds benefitting FIGHT‘s Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, Y-HEP (Youth Health Empowerment Project) initiative, and the John Bell Health Center.

Freedom G Photography’s Tara Lessard was there to capture the event on digital film. Check out some of her shots below.



NFL Pro Wade Davis Takes On Philly FIGHT Youth In a Game of Dodge Ball

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Openly gay former NFL player Wade Davis is coming to Philly tomorrow to speak at Philadelphia FIGHT’s 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala, a fundraiser for the organization’s mission to destroy HIV in Philly and beyond. Before he takes that stage, though, he’s going to warm up with a quick game of dodge ball with some of FIGHT’s youth.

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News From Philadelphia FIGHT: World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast on Monday, Y-HEP Staffer Named to POZ 100 List

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There’s a double dose of exciting news coming out of Philadelphia FIGHT, the comprehensive AIDS service organization that provides a variety of healthcare and educational services throughout our region.

To start, they’ll be hosting the World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast this Monday, December 1 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 237 S. Broad Street. The ceremony, which features Bishop Ernest McNear, starts at 8 AM. Philadelphia FIGHT describes the event as follows:

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WATCH: Philly LGBT Youth “Shake It Off” In “It Gets Better” Video

“Some people will do everything in their power to make you feel like you are worthless, like you are helpless, and like you are alone. We are here to remind you that not one of those things is true.”

So begins the Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)‘s uplifting, make-you-want-to-boogie video that was made during last week’s “It Gets Better Project” residency at the Kimmel Center.

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Out NFL Star Wade Davis to Speak at Philadelphia FIGHT’s 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala

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Here’s something to consider when you start making your holiday plans: Local nonprofit Philadelphia FIGHT is hosting the 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala fundraiser to raise money for its mission to fight HIV in Philly and beyond.

The evening will include a special guest appearance  and speech from Wade Davis, the former Washington Redskins player who came out publicly in 2012. These days Davis is an advocate, writer and public speaker who addresses issues ranging from gender and race to equal rights and HIV/AIDS prevention. He serves as Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization that works to end homophobia in professional sports.

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