Holyoke Health Center will host a week long event December 2nd - 6th in honor of World AIDS Day. The event is part of a worldwide campaign celebrated annually on December 1st to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
Throughout the week of December 2nd, Holyoke Health's Center for Recovery & Support will host an information table in our 1st floor lobby, daily from 10AM - 3PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and 10AM - 12 noon Wednesday and Friday. Our Center for Recovery & Support staff who specialize in HIV/AIDS, will provide resources to patients and community members on STI testing and counseling, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence, and HIV Care Management. Condoms, lubricants and giveaways will also be provided at the table. On Friday, December 6th, the Center for Recovery & Support will host a private memorial service to remember all the patients lost over the years to an AIDS-related illness. In addition to our information table and memorial service, our Holyoke Health Center staff members will be wearing red ribbons during the week of December 2nd - 6th to show support for people living with HIV.
An estimated 1.1 million people aged 13 and older in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2016. Of those people, an estimated 162,500 people or 14% have not been diagnosed.¹ While we have seen many advances in treatment, there remains a great deal of work to do to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. At Holyoke Health Center, we are actively working on strategies to stop the spread of HIV and support those living with HIV to lead full and healthy lives. Our strategies include; Treatment as Prevention, early detection and linkage to care, PrEP, and treatment for substance use disorder and harm reduction. This year, Holyoke Health Center opened our Center for Recovery and Support to expand our services for people seeking help for substance use disorder, HIV care, PrEP, STI counseling and testing and more.
To view Holyoke Health Center's World AIDS Day flyer, click here.
To learn more about World AIDS Day, please visit www.worldaidsday.org