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.

Erica Morales: HIV/AIDS initiative Chair

“Hello everyone! My name is Erica Morales, and I am super excited to start my P2 year as one of the HIV/AIDS Co-Chairs. Last year, I happened upon Omega House when I was looking for ways to be active in SNPhA before learning how to do screenings. It was such an eye-opening and rewarding experience that it motivated me to continue volunteering there as much as I could and learn more and more about HIV/AIDS. I’ve known from the day I started pharmacy school that I wanted to join SNPhA and serve the underserved, and I am so lucky to be a part of such an accomplished chapter. As HIV/AIDS Co-Chair, I look forward to contributing to the great impact we make on the Greater Houston area by reducing the stigma faced by HIV/AIDS patients and providing quality patient education.”

Sarah Theriault: HIV/AIDS initiative chair

“Howdy! My name is Sarah Theriault and I am an HIV/AIDS Co-chair for the 2016-2017 school year. SNPhA is a great organization that works towards serving the underserved and, as part of the HIV/AIDS initiative, we serve the community in a variety of ways. We volunteer at a hospice home for HIV/AIDS patients and ensure their comfortability during this difficult time, we educate the student and minority populations about HIV/AIDS and the importance of protection, and we advocate for prevention. We also provide information and resources for people to get tested as well. I’m very passionate about my position and I hope to make a difference in people’s lives!”

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