AIDS Foundation Houston, together with event chairs Ernie Manouse and Bill Baldwin, hosted the annual World AIDS Day Luncheon, sponsored by Chevron, on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak. The sold-out event drew some 500 guests who supported AIDS Foundation Houston’s goal of "Getting to Zero" — zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero stigma.

Author and longtime HIV activist Sean Strub delivered this year’s keynote. Strub — who founded POZ magazine, authored Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival and currently serves as director of the SERO Project — addressed HIV criminalization and the need for renewed political action.

Joni Baird from Chevron presented AIDS Foundation Houston’s Shelby Hodge Vision Award to Houston Methodist Research Institute and the Department of Nanomedicine. Alessandro Grattoni, PhD accepted the award for his work on a refillable implant that administers Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs to subjects at risk of HIV exposure.

For more information on AIDS Foundation Houston, please visit www.AIDSHelp.org

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