Whitman-Walker Health to Hold HIV/AIDS Forum at Site of DC's First AIDS Forum in 1983

“Return to Lisner” on July 24 to Coincide with International AIDS Conference

Washington, DC – Whitman-Walker Health will host a forum on the current state of HIV/AIDS on Tuesday, July 24, at Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., NW, at 7:00 pm. “Return to Lisner” will be held in the same venue as DC’s first HIV/AIDS forum on April 4, 1983. That first forum was also hosted by Whitman-Walker. The forum is free admission, but registration is required at www.whitman-walker.org/returntolisner.

“Return to Lisner” will feature keynote speaker Jeanne White-Ginder, mother of Ryan White; a panel including Regan Hofmann, Editor in Chief of POZ magazine, Jose Zuniga, President of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, Adam Tenner, Executive Director of Metro Teen AIDS, Robert Redfield, Chief of Infectious Diseases and Director of the HIV program of the University of Maryland, and Phill Wilson, President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute; JoAnne Keatley, Director of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California-San Francisco; and a special performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington.

“We have come a long way in the last 29 years,” said Whitman-Walker Executive Director Don Blanchon. “At that first forum in 1983, a community that was under siege and scared came to hear what little information there was on this new epidemic. Today, we face a much brighter future than we could have imagined then. Medical advances continue to enable people living with HIV to live longer, healthier lives. Recent breakthroughs have even led some to say that the ‘end of HIV’ is somewhere in sight. This forum will look at where we stand today with HIV and what the future of the epidemic looks like. It will be an interesting, exciting and moving event.”

Whitman-Walker will host the event along with community co-sponsors the DC Center, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), Metro Teen AIDS, The National Coalition for LGBT Health, Mautner Project and the Human Rights Campaign.

Established in 1978, Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit community health center located in Washington, DC. Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. Whitman-Walker Health offers primary medical and dental care; mental health and addictions counseling and treatment; HIV education, prevention, and testing; legal services; and medical adherence care management.  We are especially committed to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.