Kitsap Public Health District is hosting its first West Sound Care event in Bremerton June 22 in an effort to connect and educate people living with HIV and reduce the stigma associated with the condition.
People living with HIV in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties, along with their friends, family and health care providers, are invited to attend the free day-long event. Workshops, panels and speakers will address topics including health, medical case management, aging and stigma.
“We want to reach as many HIV-positive residents in the West Sound region as possible,” said Kitsap Public Health District HIV program manager Betti Ridge in a news release.
“We know living with HIV can be an isolating experience and we hope this event will help attendees feel connected to a broader community while learning more about their illness and resources available to improve their lives.”
West Sound Care is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 22 at the Kitsap Conference Center in Bremerton. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and Gilead Sciences will provide lunch.
Attendees are also invited to a special Red Ribbon Supper Club dinner sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, at 5:30 p.m. June 21, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Bremerton.
The event is supported by a grant from End AIDS Washington.