HOSA students raise AIDS awareness

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Maya Rengifo – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS HOSA, a club for future health professionals, kicked off their HIV/AIDS December awareness prevention program at their monthly meeting in a 5 p.m., Dec. 10 Schoology conferences.

For the entire month, the LRHS HOSA FHP chapter will focus on highlighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic’s fifth active decade.

On top of the COVID-19 crisis, the world has fought against the chronic condition of HIV. Although it is manageable with effective treatment, the stigma along with misinformation and misunderstanding continues to spread.

“The little to no understanding about these conditions creates a dangerous environment full of stigma. With this month our club chapter hopes to start the conversation and help to put an end to the harmful myths floating around. With HOSA of course being a health-oriented club, this month is important in making a difference for the 38 million people worldwide living with HIV,” said LRHS HOSA president junior Julia Felice.

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With the Florida HOSA state organization introducing the monthly focus initiative earlier in the year, the LRHS HOSA chapter won two FL HOSA chapter spotlight awards for the months of September and October.

“When we heard about the news that we won FL HOSA’s spotlight twice we were so happy! It is a great way to learn, stay connected, and encourage competition. It helped us to keep pushing ourselves to win more state recognition,” said HOSA vice-president junior Anastasia Jenkins.

The LRHS HOSA FHP chapter will continue to work hard on spreading awareness for each month’s topic throughout the rest of the school year.