HRA to mark HIV Awareness Day

CAFCA | May 24, 2018 |

The Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc. will honor National HIV Long Term Survivors Awareness Day next month with its first annual “HIV Survivor Soiree” fundraiser. The HRA has scheduled the event for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at Casa Mia at The Hawthorne in Berlin.

Award winning AIDS activist, author and life coach Rae Lewis-Thornton will be the highlight speaker with entertainment by Ace Livingston. “We wanted to make this a soiree to celebrate the lives of those who have survived HIV/AIDS. It will be a party, a fun event, and we’re excited by the support we have received so far. The proceeds will help sustain HRA’s services for long term survivors,” said Rocco Tricarico, HRA’s Executive Director.

According to the HRA, about 26 percent of all 1.4 million people living with HIV in the U.S. became positive before 1996, making them long-term survivors. Medical advances have slowed the rate of death for those living with HIV, but the epidemic is far from over. More than 82 percent of CT’s 10,800 people living with HIV/AIDS are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old. New Britain has the 6th highest number of people living HIV/AIDS.

“Most of our HIV/AIDS clients are between the ages of 40 and 60 years old. The most important thing for long term survivors is to stay healthy – by continuing their treatment, going to their appointments, eating well and engaging with family and friends,” said Leticia Mangual, Director of HRA’s Division of Health and Wellness. Star Sponsors include Gilead Sciences, New England Financial Group, PharmBlue, Farmington Bank, Community Chest of New Britain & Berlin, Wheeler Clinic, Suburban Stationers and the Mayor’s Trophy Charitable Fund. Many other businesses and community organizations have made contributions and inkind donations.

Sponsorship opportunities and dinner tickets are still available. Contact Delita RoseDaniels at 860/826-4741. Casa Mia at The Hawthorne is located at 2421 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin.