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UHS employees and partners wear Red for World AIDS Day

November 30, 2018

All week long different organizations around the community wore red to join us in our efforts to raise awareness and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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You can learn more about UHS’ HIV/AIDS services here.

About World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1 of December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. This marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day.

Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

As the only HIV specialty clinic in the area, the staff at UHS Binghamton Primary Care, are skilled in helping new and established patients navigate life after diagnosis and have been at the forefront of HIV care in the region since the start of the epidemic in the 1980s, they are committed to offering fully integrated, stigma-free HIV primary care.

In addition to general medical treatment for HIV, the PrEP Program offers case management, retention and adherence counseling, hepatitis C treatment, STD screening and treatment, and substance abuse and mental health treatment and referrals. Staff members are LGBTQ-literate, and knowledgeable about transgender medicine. Providers work collaboratively with community partners such as the Broome County Health Department and the Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP).

“Treating HIV has come a long way. People who are regularly engaged in care do exceptionally well and can live happy and healthy lives. At UHS, we offer PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, and PEP, post-exposure prophylaxis. We understand the urgency and importance of timely appointments and treatment, and make ourselves available to see anyone who needs to be seen either the same day or the next day,” said Scott Rosman, NP-C, AAHIVS, director of the UHS HIV and PrEP programs. “The goal of the staff at UHS Binghamton Primary Care is for an individual living with HIV to be able to successfully focus on life and not on a diagnosis. We’re here and ready to guide you through your journey toward good health.”

For more information on AIDS/HIV services at UHS, including PrEP Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Navigation and Support Services click here.