News Release

November 26, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day

Special Youth Event in Hartford on December 1

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The Pediatric and Youth HIV Program of the University of Connecticut Health Center and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, in collaboration with the Hartford Youth HIV Identification and Linkage (HYHIL), will be hosting a special youth event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. The celebration will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Educational Resource Center, 570 Hudson St., Hartford.

Because the AIDS epidemic is rampant among youth with half of new infections occurring between the ages of 15 to 19 years, HYHIL is focusing the World AIDS Day event on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender youth. “We have come a long way in the fight for a cure for HIV/AIDS so we look forward to a more successful future,” says Petagaye Nembrandt, an HYHIL provider and program manager at the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut.

Some of the event’s highlights include a discussion with noted New York photographer and author Lucky Michaels; a screening of the award winning movie Paris is Burning; and a youth voguing competition with a $100 gift card prize for the best communicator/dancer. Music, refreshments, and free confidential HIV testing and counseling will also be offered.

The Pediatric and Youth HIV Program is a nationally recognized center for the care of children and youth with HIV infection. The mission of the program is to provide timely, comprehensive, family centered and culturally sensitive care to children, adolescents and parents affected by HIV, through a multidisciplinary approach. Since its inception in 1988, the program has worked to enhance the quality of life of patients and their families and prevent the spread of HIV by providing excellent health, nutritional and psychosocial services.

The HYHIL is made up of agencies across the Greater Hartford area including Latino Community Services, the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective, Hartford Health Department Aids Program, Hispanic Health Council, Charter Oak Health Center, and the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut.

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