HIV | AIDS
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) targets the immune system of the human body, compromising it to the point where your body is unable to fight off some of the most basic infections. Many people across the globe live with HIV, and a large percentage of those infected don’t even know it. When HIV has damaged your immune system to a certain point, your condition is classified as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). As the name suggests, AIDS is a collection of symptoms that may vary from person to person. AIDS is not a disease that kills people; it is a condition that allows other invaders of your body to kill you.Therefore, it is important to promote understanding of HIV/AIDS so that one can take charge of one’s health early on when there is still a fighting chance. Ignorance of one’s HIV status gives an illusion of safety and security and only promotes the spread of the virus.
Aminat Tijani: HIV/AIDS CoChair
"I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. My country has one of the largest population in Africa and about 3.5 million living with AIDS according to the United Nations. About 180,000 still die of HOV/AIDS every year. Growing up, I noticed that getting infected with the disease is a death sentence but that changed soon as I moved to the United States. I joined SNPhA the first chance I got when I got accepted to UHCOP because I saw their standards and what the organization stands for; serving the under-served. I knew joining the organization would help me improve in my leadership skills as well as helping me to help the under-served. SNPhA is the organization I know that gives you the opportunity to improve yourself and the community at large. I hope to gather enough knowledge from the organization to be able to determine my path in my pharmacy career and serve the people. I later applied for the position of the co-coordinator for the HIV/AIDS initiative and through this initiative hope to extend my knowledge and skills in the organization. If you love to play volleyball like I do, hit me up so we can play the fun game together."
Sheena Antony: HIV/AIDS CoChair
" Hi, my name is Sheena. I joined SNPhA because of my passion to serve my community. I became interested in the field of pharmacy while volunteering at a HIV/AIDS clinic in the Houston area. While volunteering, I realized the importance of medication adherence and how I could play an important role by becoming a pharmacist. A fun fact about myself is that I have been playing the piano since the age of 6. This upcoming year, I hope to reach more members of the community than we have before. I chose Remember the Ribbon as my initiative because of my interest in HIV/AIDS as a disease state and I wanted to learn more about it. I plan to give back to the community by using the knowledge that I have gained to educate and to potentially provide free HIV testing at local health fairs."