I have said before and will say it again I love this event because it brings my 2 passions together. Soccer and HIV/AIDS Awareness. How could I not want to be a part of this. During the soccer games there was also a Health Fair going on offering free literature and HIV testing . They hold this event to raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS is having among Latino communities in Philadelphia. This year they reported they had a record number of people come and get tested then in previous years. So that alone is incredible.
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In Philadelphia, where the overall HIV rate is 5 times the national average, there were 2,324 Hispanic persons living with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia (as of December 31, 2009) -- that is 12% of all People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Philadelphia. Of these almost 30% are female, and 70% are 40 and older.
Of course I brought my Dab the AIDS Bear with me to this event and even shared his story with a few people. The one thing I wanted to talk about was something that happened during this event. I received a phone call from a POZIAMer. I missed his call so he left a message. When I first reached him back I explained I was at a soccer tournament and would call him an hour or two. Once I finished playing my last game I sat down next to the club house and returned his call. He had a situation come up that he was worried about and he wanted my advice about it.
. .... So until next year Keep Kicking HIV