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Columbia’s World AIDS Day Activities

New HIV Data from Columbia ICAP PHIA Project 

Columbia Mailman School’s ICAP will be releasing latest findings from its three-country HIV-focused national surveys conducted in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. The results, which show there are signs of real progress in the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, are the first to emerge from the PHIA Project, a multi-country initiative funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which measures the reach and impact of HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in select countries. ICAP at Columbia University is implementing the PHIA Project in close collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ministries of health.

Project STAY– Screening and Treatment for High-Risk Youth

Under the direction of Dr. Alwyn Cohall, professor of sociomedical sciences and director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center, Project STAY (Services to Assist Youth) will provide testing at World AIDS DAY Teen Town Hall EVENT at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where 150 youth are expected to attend, and a sexual health workshop and school wide World AIDS DAY event at Lab High School in Manhattan, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Duane Reade in Inwood. Project Stay provides sexual health education, risk reduction, STI/HIV screening and treatment services to high-risk youth; and comprehensive medical and psychosocial services youth living with HIV.

In Dr. Cohall’s role as medical director of one the eight CDC STD Prevention Training Centers, he is presenting to over 100 health providers at a conference sponsored by the NJ Department of Health. The focus is on the correlation between StIs and HIV, and review of the 2015 STD Treatment guidelines, and biomedical strategies to prevent HIV. The Mailman School of Public Health is the home for the NYC STD Prevention Training Center.

Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education (PACE)

For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Robert Fullilove, associate dean of Community and Minority Affairs and professor of Sociomedical Sciences, participated in Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education (PACE)-sponsored World AIDS Day events. He was the keynote speaker at a World AIDS Day event at Fishkill State Correctional Facility on November 19, and at Woodbourne State Correctional Facility on December 1. PACE is a prisoner-created and prisoner-operated organization.

World AIDS Day Screening of Wilhemina’s War

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health’s ICAP and the Global Health Initiative hosted a World AIDS Day screening of Wilhemina’s War, a documentary that explores the struggles faced by people living with HIV in the U.S. South. The documentary was followed by a panel discussion with director June Cross and guests, and moderated by Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP, professor of Epidemiology and the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair of Global Health at the Mailman School of Public Health with panelists:

June Cross, Director, Wilhemina’s War
Professor, School of Journalism, Columbia University

Terry McGovern, Chair and Professor
Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health

Michelle Wesselhoft, HIV prevention research participant, ICAP’s Bronx Prevention Center

Gina Wingood, Director, Lerner Center
Professor, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

The event took place on Thursday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern in the Allen Rosenfield Building , Mailman Auditorium (Eighth Floor).