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National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Conference

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When: TBD for 2015
Where: Baystate Health’s Whitney Avenue
Conference Center,
361 Whitney Avenue,
Holyoke, MA 01040

This event is free and open to the public. Call (413)301-0955 or return the WAGHAC Registration Form 2014 to info@aidsfoundationwm.org or (413)301-0956.

The conference is for everyone who cares about women and girls and HIV/AIDS; both infected and affected people are welcome. Participants do not need to be HIV positive to attend, and no one will ask anyone to disclose their status.

This conference is most appropriate for people high school-age and older, but mature middle school youth will not be turned away.

Schedule for the 2014 Event:

9:00-9:30 Check-in, Continental Breakfast
9:30-9:45 Introduction and Welcome
9:45-10:45 HIV101: Share Knowledge. Take Action- Solmarie Curet, HIV Educator

11:00-11:45 Morning Break-out Sessions
HIV & Anxiety- Dr. Eunice Aviles, Doctor in Clinical Psychology
Positive & Negative Dating- Mark & Sasha Zatyrka, Sero-discordant Couple
HIV Prevention: Pre- and Post-exposure Prophylaxis from a Woman’s Perspective-
Jamilah Alexander, MPH, Certified Physicians Assistant

11:45-12:45 Lunch ‘N’ Learn – Networking, Information tables
12:45-1:45 Keynote Speaker: Jamie Gentille, activist, Foundation Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and author of Surviving HIV: Growing Up a Secret and Being Positive

2:00-2:45 Afternoon Break-out Sessions
Advances in HIV & Pregnancy- Dr. Daniel Skiest, Infectious Disease Specialist
Breath: A Personal Story- Martha Lang, PhD, HIV Educator and Author
HIV/AIDS’ Effect on Latinas in Western Massachusetts- Sandra Munier, Advocate and
HIV Program Director

2:45-3:00 Closing and Conference evaluations

Goals and objectives of the conference:

To inform participants about the psychosocial aspects of living with HIV/AIDS

By the end of this conference, participants will:
• Understand how gender is related to HIV/AIDS
• Have an increased awareness of issues about stigma testing, disclosure, mental health, social support, and other relevant issues
• Have improved attitudes about people living with HIV/AIDS

To empower women and girls to make healthy decisions and achieve their best possible quality of life while living with HIV/AIDS

By the end of this conference, participants will:
• Intend to make healthy decisions for themselves
• Be motivated to be compassionate toward people living with HIV/AIDS
• Be able to identify relationship-based resources to address HIV/AIDS
• Be able to identify informational sources about HIV/AIDS

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