UC Irvine faculty member Dr. Brandon Brown collaborates with the AIDS Foundation Houston in their annual World AIDS Day event and provides a keynote speech on HIV stigma. A link to the event is here: http://www.aidshelp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=532
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) has been in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the first cases were reported in 1981. As the first AIDS Service Organization in Texas, AFH began as a grassroots organization comprised of individuals who aided those dying of HIV/AIDS by delivering food, helping to find housing for those who did not have a roof over their head, advocating for treatment, and comforting those whose bodies could no longer fight the incurable disease. AFH has since grown into a multi-faceted health and human services organization which provides housing and supportive services for men, women, and children infected or affected with HIV/AIDS, as well as offering prevention education and testing to high-risk populations, including the Texas prison
Houston’s 2014 World AIDS Day Luncheon took place December 1 at the Westin Galleria. The Luncheon was generously hosted by Chevron, with co-chairs, Ms. Dominique Sachse and Mr. David Chaumette, as well as honorary chair, Mr. Travis Torrence. It hosted over 400 luncheon guests to commemorate this global day of remembrance. This year’s theme ‘Eliminating Stigma’, was addressed by Dr. Brandon Brown, UC Irvine Program in Public Health GHREAT Initiative and acknowledged how the stigma of HIV/AIDS prevents men and women from living healthy lives.
This year, the Shelby Hodge Vision Award recipient was The Honorable Senator Rodney Ellis. As a highly respected Texas Senator since 1990, Senator Ellis faces the challenge of ending HIV/AIDS in Texas by supporting legislation such as mandatory HIV testing for those entering and exiting Texas prisons and normalizing testing by supporting free HIV testing initiatives throughout the community.
Photo: Participants at AIDS Foundation Houston World AIDS Day