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Mondo Guerra of "Project Runway" Brings National HIV Education Campaign to Philadelphia to Co-Host the Region's Largest HIV/AIDS Public Awareness and Fundraising Event
Date:10/14/2011

eds of people living with HIV for more than 25 years, and I'm proud to stand by their side in their hometown."  

About Living Positive By Design

Living Positive By Design is an HIV education campaign supported by Merck that encourages people living with the disease to maintain a positive outlook on life while working with their doctor to manage their disease. The campaign underscores the importance for people living with HIV to talk with their doctor about important goals of treatment, including achieving an undetectable viral load and increasing CD4 cell counts.  It is also important to consider side effects from medications, as they may make staying on therapy more difficult. HIV-positive people should work with their doctor if they have any concerns to find options that work best for them.  Because today many HIV-positive people may be dealing with a variety of health concerns beyond their HIV, it is important to discuss overall health and any health concerns when talking with doctors about HIV treatment options.  For more information on Living Positive By Design, please visit www.LivingPositiveByDesign.com.

Prevalence of HIV and AIDS

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States and an estimated 56,300 Americans become infected every year.  The overall prevalence of HIV cases is rising in Pennsylvania, with more than 30,000 people living with HIV in the state by 2007.  In Philadelphia, there are more than 19,000 people living with HIV, two-thirds of whom are African-American.

About Merck

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well.  Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada.  Through our prescription medicines, va
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