Educational event takes place March 10 in conjunction with
National Women and Girls AIDS Awareness Day
(Irvine, Calif. — March 8 ) According to 2010 statistics recently released from the Orange County Healthcare Agency, more than 6,500 men, women and children in Orange County have HIV-AIDS. The largest percentage of people with the disease are 20-39 years old with a growing number of Hispanic and African American women becoming infected.
To heighten awareness about the spread of HIV, especially among women, the California State University Fullerton, Women’s Center and AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) are presenting an expert panel presentation on Thursday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to noon. The focus of the program will be the impact of the virus among women.
The University–hosted educational program is one of hundreds taking place across the country in conjunction with National Women and Girls AIDS Awareness Day.
Dr. Kandy Mink Salas, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs will open the program. Fullerton city council member Sharon Quirk-Silva will be making the keynote presentation which will focus on women’s health issues. Mary Wickman, RN, PhD of Cal State University Fullerton and Judy Fluor Runels, PsyD of ASF are the featured speakers. Joining them will be two HIV- positive women who are clients of ASF.
The panel presentations take place on the California State University, Fullerton campus in the Steve G. Miyahlo Hall- Scott O’Brian Room. The school is located at 800 N State College
Fullerton. More than 100 students are expected to attend
Dr. Mary Wickman is an Associate Professor at Cal State University Fullerton and is the Coordinator of Pre-licensure Programs in the School of Nursing. She has over 35 years of nursing experience with a strong background in maternal-child nursing, nursing education, and administration. She is a retired Captain in the Naval Reserves. Her research interests include adolescent risk behaviors, substance abuse treatment, and managed care.
Dr. Judy Fluor Runels has been involved in the fight against HIV-AIDS for more than 20 years and has spent 12 years with AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) working with people affected by HIV/AIDS. She earned her doctorate in psychology at the U.S. International University, San Diego. Dr. Runels believes that women who have HIV disease face unique but often overlooked challenges dealing with the virus. Dr. Runels will discuss how the stigma of HIV compounds the struggles women have with the disease.
In addition to the panel presentations, educational information and free rapid HIV testing will be offered until 2 p.m. in a Resource Fair outside the Scott O’Brian Room. Because there is no cure for HIV, knowing ones status is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus. As many as one in four people infected with HIV do not even know they have the virus.
Resource Fair exhibitors include the Delhi Community Center, OCHCA-Coalition of Community Clinics, The Center-1, Planned Parenthood OSBC, Women Helping Women, Human Trafficking-1, Public Law Center, OC Bar Foundation, and sponsors WoMen’s Center and SHC/CAPS, A-Med Pharmacy, Gilead Sciences, Pioneer Walgreens, Tibotec Therapeutics and Garden Grove Pharmacy.
AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) is the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit provider of services for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County. Annually, the Irvine-based agency provides help to 1,600 men, women and children infected or affected by HIV disease.
Panelists available for interview. Contact: Barbara Lohman, ASF 949-809-5751 office or cell at 714 342-7464 or firstname.lastname@example.org