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Washington Celebrates World AIDS Day

Health Fair and Celebration

To commemorate World AIDS Day 2016, members of a collaborative research center at the University of Washington will help host a Happy Holiday Health Fair & Celebration for World AIDS Day.

The Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Community Action Board will take part in the December 1 event at St. Vincent de Paul Georgetown Food Bank in Seattle. Activities include free blood pressure checks, free flu shots, free HIV tests, free hepatitis C tests and live music. CFAR is part of the department of global health at the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine and the Fred Hutch research center.

The event will be held in conjunction with the St. Vincent de Paul’s normal food distribution program. The fair is sponsored by Walgreens, Fred Hutch Health Disparities Research Center, Hepatitis Education Project, HIV Vaccine Trials Unit Seattle, African American Reach & Teach Health Ministry, Center for MultiCultural Health, Gay City, defeatHIV, the UW AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, the UW/FH Center for AIDS Research Community Action Board, and the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination.

Under the umbrella of the Multicultural HIV/Hepatitis Action Network, these agencies are collaborating to end the disproportionate impact of HIV and hepatitis within communities of color.

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Namibia AIDS Conference

Members of the Namibia country team of I-TECH (the International Training & Education Center for Health) will present research findings at the first annual Namibian International AIDS Conference being held this week and culminating in World AIDS Day.

I-TECH is part of the UW department of global health and a collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco. More than 10 abstracts were accepted for presentation from I-TECH Namibia’s clinical staff on topics including VMMC (voluntary medical male circumcision) demand creation and adverse event reduction, the HIV care continuum (linkage, referral), pediatric HIV, and TB/HIV co-infection.