AIDS Education Month​: Philadelphia FIGHT looks to raise awareness, combat the virus

Cherri Gregg
June 08, 2019 - 4:00 am
Tashina Okorie

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — June is AIDS Education Month, and Philadelphia FIGHT has organized a number of events designed to prevent HIV and get folks tested.

"People are not going in to get treatment. People still lack access to care," said Tashina Okorie the director of community health training alliance for Philadelphia FIGHT.

She says, while many believe that the AIDS epidemic is over, there is a lack of education and a plethora of stigma.

So the goal of AIDS Education Month, Okorie says, is to dispel myths and provide details on testing, prevention and access to health care.

"Access to prep and access to just medication, so you can take care of your health," she said.

On Tuesday, hundreds will attend the HIV Prevention and Education Summit at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which will feature dozens of workshops.

"Around HIV prevention, around hepatitis C treatment, around behavioral health matters," she explained.

Later in the month there's a community cookout and workshop on how to teach others about HIV.

Okorie, who is HIV positive, contracted the disease during her marriage. She says the more people who teach others about HIV the more it reduces the stigma and empowers those living with it to disclose.

"Transparency is healing and so sharing your story to the larger community says you can still live your life," she said.

For details on all of the events scheduled during AIDS education month go to AidsEducationMonth.org.